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Fist Pump!

Oh yeah!!! Oh YEAH!!! Oh yeeee-aaaaah!

Sometimes it just feels so good, right? right?

After yesterday's game, I was pretty sure that I had "played myself into shape." Although the game was a not-so-amazing draw, I was starting to feel like myself at the board, and I signed off my blog with the optimistic thought that I'd have good games to show later in the tournament. This optimism was further confirmed this morning, when I threw another Tactics Trainer session in, while waiting for Sam to get up for breakfast. (he asked for another 10 or 15 minutes for 2 hours until breakfast was about to close and I prodded him mercilessly). I did great today, solving them faster, seeing solutions, seeing possible defenses, and on the problems I got wrong, I either a) understood why I got it wrong, or more often-- played a secondary winning continuation instead of the first. So it was a good session, and I continued to feel pretty optimistic.

Then I spent probably two hours looking at openings that I had dreamed about during the night, far more time than I usually spend on prep nowadays. One of my best friends reminded me just as I was leaving for the round to remember my goals. This was a great and timely advice, so I put my openings out of my mind on the walk to the site, in order to think about my goals. However, it was raining and I was getting quite wet in my chesskid t-shirt, so I ended up just thinking about rain and being wet. Luckily my opponent was five minutes late, and during those five minutes, I refocused on my over-arching goals.

Here is the game:

Boy that felt gooooood! Now if you think I was pumped after that, imagine how pumped I would have been if the game went this way:

 

 

Ok, let's see what tomorrow has in store!

By the way, the Elite Section had a rest day today. Magnus + the Magicians will be back in action tomorrow.

--> Round 5

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks cruisey. with white pieces i feel i should win a game today, but i have been looking at her games, and she's seems to be reallllly good, so who knows.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Never mind about today David. You have done above expected so far so just concentrate on playing solid again as white and im sure you will get a win ;)  By the way is their a trophy for which male plays the most females prize?  ;) 

  • 3 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    A bystander stopped by and thought, "it must be a badly played French Defence."Smile

  • 3 years ago

    Artsew

    great game to see.

    Even better to play, but that I'll have to guess entirely :-)

  • 3 years ago

    jreece15

    Awesome game david! Cant wait to see even more.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    hey knightsight and oinquarki :-) glad you saw the game!

  • 3 years ago

    oinquarki

    Wow; that game should have come with a warning because having one's mind blown twice in a row this late can't be healthy.

  • 3 years ago

    Knightsight

    Gorgeous game.  Oh yeah.  And...head in hands calculating to the end, right up to when your opponent resigned - they should put this in more chess books - but then we don't want everyone to know this secret.  I'm taking this tip to my tournament next month.  Thanks David.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah, he can play kd8 instead of ke7 but it's still good for W i thought. i can always defend both hanging minors by Nb3. then take on g7 and i have a great game for the exchange.

  • 3 years ago

    fish_food

    9. f4 and 10. Bd3 is recommended by Sammalvuo in his English Attack book with some initiative in his opinion.

    That being said, if I knew that white was going to transpose to the 6. f4 variation  (but with ...h6 by black played) after my Ng4, then I would always play Ng4 against the English attack.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Instead of him taking on e7 he has Kd8 which is much better move as he has qxc1 next. Looks even if he plays Kd8 but not sure he would of played that? Taking the rook does at first look the best move. And you cant play Qxg7 as he has Qxd4+

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    i included qxa1 in the variations. it's long but convincing i think.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    oh yeah sorry David, i was looking at the site and they still had todays pairings up. Its on the site now yeah. And Didnt black have Qxa1 if you took the pawn on f7 with your rook?

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    good point on Nxe5 cruisey. and thanks for the encouragement. i think i have black tomorrow, but i have some hopes to win anyway.

  • 3 years ago

    chess_kebabs

    Well done David!

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Brill David ;)  Just knowing you and Danny still have hopes in chess and to see you still get so excited about playing and winning really gives me inspiration and hunger for chess. Sometimes i go very stale and play way too much and go off chess. I mean i stopped playing for 15 years ish ;(  And been in and out ever since. But I have to say and I think I speak for many on chess.com that seeing you enjoy chess still and get excited gives us more freshness and desire for chess. Im sure I also speak for many on here aswell by saying that we all feel we know you and Danny even though we dont really.

     

    Anyway great game although that first calculation you made I dot think would of happend. I dont see that GM playing 15. Qf8 instead he had 15. Nxe5. Anyway so pleased you got that win which can really make you relax as your now well ahead of where you was expecting although that round 1 draw may make you think you should of been more attacking although as you said it may even be a decent draw as she was dangerous low rated player and as you say she did play well.

     

    Keep it up David, I see you white again ;)  another win surely not??  ;) Dont rest on your laurels, go for it and play the same way you did in the last game ;) I reckon you will be the highest finisher out of non GMs, great achievement that would be ;)

     

    Im going through each of your games each day on a board and its quite enjoyable watching a game that way rather than just on the top view version ;)

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    aw, thanks! :-D

  • 3 years ago

    phils_gambit

    David,

    I was thrilled to read this post. I'm currently playing a Sicilian-Paulsen opening as white, and I encountered a similar situation, where my opponent, failing to play d6, let me push e5 against his knight at f6. So far, it has afforded me not only at least a tempo, but positional superiority, as well.

    Thanks, as always, for your in-depth analysis.

  • 3 years ago

    GM-Zolla

    david we were having a conversation at Chess Palace, and we named our favorite masters and, i said David Pruess.....

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks Danny!! can you believe how close I was on Rxf7? i was an inch or 2 more minutes on the clock from getting that one :(

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