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Just got back from the Las Vegas Chess Club where I was up the exchange and 3 pawns. I had plenty of time left and I fell victim to not one, but two knight forks. The next thing I know I'm resigning in a lost position against his bishop and lone pawn.
I know what I did wrong - not making sure my moves were safe and not having a concrete plan. I am so angry right now that I'm considering giving up chess. I'm sure we've all been through this - any advice or suggestions?
I'll be at the Pacific Coast Open this coming weekend and I'm trying to turn this into a positive by telling myself that I played a great game against an opponent 300 USCF rating points higher than me. That now I know to continue to take my time and make sure all my moves are safe even when way ahead.
Ughhh, I'm so bummed right now
Damn, that must have been really tough to swallow. I always get pissed when I make similar mistakes in quick online games, but it must have been several times worse in your case since with the longer time controls, you must have invested significantly more time and effort into achieving that initial advantage.
A good idea is just to quit for a while. Engage yourself in some other activities, such as playing basketball, jogging, cooking, sewing, etc. After you cool off a bit, you'll be able to look at the game of chess without the aftershock of that devestating loss. Dwelling on the loss for too long is deterimental, but that's exactly what's going to happen if you don't detach yourself from chess for a short period of time.
Of course the toughest part is going back to that game to analyze and learn from your mistakes, but that would be impossible to do if you haven't really been able to come to terms with your loss.
Hang in there.
At least you didn't reach this position as white:
This game made me think about giving up chess.
One of the hardest things in chess is winning the won game, don't let it get you down.
Just learn the lesson from it and try to apply it in the future. You learn from your mistakes, but mistakes lose games so you have to lose some games to improve. Consider it one down.
Good luck in the tournament!
This reminds me of my last OTB rapid chess tournament ... at least it was not a long game. It was the final round, and I played for not being last rank. I know that I suck at rapid chess (yes, my avatar has a meaning). I had 1 point, my opponent was last and had 0,5 pt. In long time controls, he's really weaker than me and rated about 200 elo lower, but I knew that didn't mean anything in rapid and really didn't take him easy ... I played well and reached a winning position with some decisive material advantage, I think I was a piece up if I remember correctly ... and then I got nervous about the time and first left one rook en prise (to a bishop far away on a long diagonal) and a few moves later the other rook (to the same bishop). The well deserved last rank was awarded to me, I couldn't decide if I should punch my opponent or myself in the face, or both, or if I should just hang myself, after some beers instead I just swore to never play rapid chess again ;)
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