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Recovery from series of bad games

The University of Texas at Dallas chess program has one training tournament in each semester. Usually it has been a round robin, but this time it was an open tournament, held on March 9-13. Thirteen Grandmasters were playing. In rounds 1 and 2 I won against much lower-rated opponents. In round 3 and 4 I played a couple of pretty awful draws, including the following.



Then I lost in rounds 5 and 6. Especially round 5 was really terrible:



But I won in rounds 7, 8, and 9. Despite the bad middle section of the tournament, I somehow won some prize money and gained a small amount of rating. The tournament was won by Parimarjan Negi of India, and fellow  UTD student Julio Sadorra. I tied for 3rd with a number of people. 

My favorite game was in round 7. I faced a move (...Qa5) on move 11 that I was not familiar with. I managed to find good moves over the board, and got a strong position after a few moves. I liked how I had an unusual opportunity to castle queenside against the Botvinnik Semi-Slav, and also the way he had a lot of pieces left but no useful moves at all at the end.

Comments


  • 17 months ago

    joesdaking

    Great games! Your last game was quite remarkable. Lots of great ideas!

  • 17 months ago

    gadiper

    I only went over the last game and loved your ideas .. very nice , thanks alot!

  • 17 months ago

    minital

    Just a question, I notice that when you annotate these games here (I assume you go more in depth on your personal annotations) you sort of make an impassioned comment like "so stupid how i repeated this same mistake again!" And you also take time to admire the beauty in chess when you make the comment "I liked how I had an unusual opportunity to castle queenside against the Botvinnik Semi-Slav, and also the way he had a lot of pieces left but no useful moves at all at the end." So I suppose my question is, how do you utilize/manage your emotions during and after the game and do you consider yourself a more artistic chess player or warrior type chess player? And is there anyway you want to improve the way you manage your emotions during/after games?

    (Also I was impressed with the queenside castle and the final position. You have enormous talent, I'm sure you know)

  • 17 months ago

    ienj0ychess

    Do you think it would've been better for your opponent if he had played 21...bxa3 in light of Nc4-a3 in the round 7 game?

  • 17 months ago

    IM Mahiro

    nice!

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