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A Milestone, Maybe

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I have an extremely bad record in losing positions. Even just in "very bad" positions. Of course, nobody expects to score tons of points from losing positions, but don't most people occasionally score? Occasionally say "I was getting crushed and then he just went for this combination that doesn't work." This has pretty much never been me. To the point that I have been pretty convinced that I'm somehow not making proper practical defensive choices-- which pretty much would entail giving a very strong player the kind of opportunity to mess up they might actually go for.

But in the ninth and final round of the Metropolitan Invitational, I can say with absolute confidence that I got sooooooo lucky. I was pretty sure I was going down without a struggle during this game, despite the fact that I kept searching, searching, with all my heart for some way to stay in the game. And then, miraculously, my opponent handed me a full point (I would have considered myself super lucky to somehow get half a point from this game). Was this just a one-time event, or was it some turning point in my chess life?

My next event begins tomorrow morning-- the chess.com GM challenge. It pits IM Danny Rensch (my co-director of content and professional relations on chess.com) and myself against two seasoned GMs, Alex Yermolinsky and Suat Atalik. For Danny it will be mainly a warm-up for the National Open next week, since he has not played since January. Despite that, he has a rather ambitious goal for the event: 2/4, an even score. That would be a good score under the best of circumstances, but after a near-five-month layoff it would be pretty incredible.

For me, I hope to continue to build on my success from the last event, where I made progress on two important goals. Since this tournament I have stronger opposition I have two more specific goals: 1) To win a game. 2) To defend and draw one bad position. I will also continue to work on focus/patience and on not getting upset when I lose, to make sure that those gains from the past event are consolidated.

The games will be relayed live in chess.com's live server. Two rounds Saturday, two rounds Sunday (10 am and 4 pm pacific each day). Go to the "events" tab and then both boards should be there to observe.

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    Amitesh1

    Sir ur gr8

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks!

  • 3 years ago

    ekpea

    gl dpruess

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i am on the border of France and Switzerland; i only have one tournament scheduled: Biel in July.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    not I!

  • 3 years ago

    JJN2

    You'll be a GM one day, Danny and David. (@ACEChess)(@dpruess)

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    awww, Danny. if you were at home, you could see me blush ;-)

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Should be noted, since David might not blog about it, that he met BOTH his goals at the Chess.com GM Challenge. Defended like a genius against GM Atalik Wink...

    I fell just short of my goal. Played pretty well over all though and I am looking forward to the National Open in Vegas!!!

  • 4 years ago

    Gummyboy

    Man what a nice counter (Ne7# LOLS!)!

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i lost the first two, won the third, drew the fourth. you can find the games in the news section, so i'm probably not blogging about them. maybe just one summary post about the event.

  • 4 years ago

    Artsew

    lol. Well done David.

    Let us know how your games are going.

  • 4 years ago

    daboy1880

    joel banawa seemed familiar.....is he a filipino?lol

  • 4 years ago

    The_Aggressive_Bee

    Thats the right outlook to have! to win, to draw to not get upset if you lose and to learn from those games. Way to be positive!  Good luck! Laughing

  • 4 years ago

    kader105

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  • 4 years ago

    kyldyl


    :)

  • 4 years ago

    sollevy10

    it's the kind of game that can make players lose some opportunities or give away a won game. chess is won by the player who made the second to the last mistake in the game. good luck to the next round.

  • 4 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks, shuttle, i appreciate it.

  • 4 years ago

    shuttlechess92

    Not going to lie, but David I don't think you should be treating this game as such a terrible game. You found great resources to stay in the game. From my perspective, it's just a great game by an IM.

  • 4 years ago

    psinha36

    gud luck

  • 4 years ago

    Kinn72

    Good luck to you & Danny.

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