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Round 2 and Already Success!

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For those of you who don't know, my major goal when playing at chess tournaments in the past year and a half has been to lose without being upset. This is because, without time to study or practice, and with a reduced tournament schedule, my playing strength has atrofied significantly; so it's easy to be disappointed with my results. But no matter what, I love chess, and I want to continue playing in tournaments, without suffering while I'm there. Thus, the goal.

Well, it's round 2 and I already succeeded big time. I lost a game to the littlest kid in the room (actually he's grown quite a bit taller), and I did not feel rage or hatred during the game! I resigned with a smile and complimented my opponent on his good play (genuinely, as you'll see below he played very well). I feel that I played o.k. and used up all my time, and my opponent just played a good game, and that's a good part of chess.

I think it was such a success, that it's time for me to move on to my second goal: improving my patience! In future rounds, I'll be working on not giving up, staying focused, calculating lines to the end, and not relaxing all the time on my opponent's time.

Kayden (my opponent in this game) started the event off with a huge upset win over Joel Banawa with black. He followed that by beating me with black in round 2, which is a super awesome way to start a tournament. He was very poised and confident during this game:

 

 

Other notes: yesterday black won the first round 3-2 with no draws. Today I'm pretty sure black also won the second round (of the three games whose results I know black scored 2.5). Kavutskiy-Banawa was a draw, and Amanov-Yankovsky was 0-1.

I had 2 minutes to eat lunch, followed by an hour and a half to do some work. In round 3 I'll be black against Casella in 20 minutes.

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Comments


  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    haha, how do I analyze so quickly? I'm just dumping a bunch of things I thought about during the game into the notes! I haven't yet analyzed or figured out anything more. And of course the notes represent a small fraction of what I thought about during the game, because... I had to get on with the next round ;-)

    John, I'm really glad to hear you agree with me, because after you lose a game like this, even when it seems your opponent played great and deserved the win, you always wonder: I hope i wasn't just blundering every move and when i look over the game later i'll see i missed 5-10 opportunities ;-)

    i'm guessing the last game of round 3 will end before i'm able to post my game.

  • 3 years ago

    IM Fins0905

    17...Kd8 is a really classy move that indicates a deep understanding of the position.  Agreed, David - Kayden played a great game. 

  • 3 years ago

    jpr1

    yes, great attitude and perspective on how chess and life go together!

  • 3 years ago

    jhb701

    You know what, I think we need a Chess.com OTB tournament featuring a mix of staff, authors, and members . . . . With near real-time annotating by DPruess! Let's schedule it for sometime in August our in L.A. or something.

  • 3 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    I have the same question as Lawdog -- how do you analyze the games so quickly. Tell Casella (likely later when you read this) I said hey!!!

  • 3 years ago

    RookedOnChess

    Wow, David...I never would've pegged you for a "rage and hatred" kind of guy! I'm so proud of you for controlling it and trying to put it in its place :D

  • 3 years ago

    jabekens

    Go David, go!

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    And how do you annotate so quickly? 

  • 3 years ago

    jhb701

    Don't give up on the rage and fury, it has its place!  Thanks for the annotations and GL with the tournament.

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Good luck! 

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