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It's Always Nice When...

It's Always Nice When...

DanielRensch
Aug 23, 2011, 12:01 PM 24

It's always a nice feeling when you know you didn't play that well (or perhaps you might have played like *%$* Tongue out) -- yet somehow, you managed a decent peformance score anyway. For me, that was certainly the case at last weekend's Metropolitan International tournament in Los Angeles, California.

Believe me when I say that I could list the things I did wrong -- from poor time management, lazy calculations, to not converting a single win as white -- in a 10 part article series, to be eventually converted into a novela Yell... but let's not depress everyone with that right now. Yes, I will study my games and learn from the "x's and o's" of my miscues... Of course I will try to see where I left theory and was outprepared by my opponents in the opening stage... And yes, I will subject myself to the critiques of the one and only great Houdini Engine Wink...

But the bottomline is that it wouldn't take a genius (or anyone over 1800 for that matter) to realize that I wasn't in top form. Sometimes, you look back at a tournament where you didn't ever feel "quite right" (I actually was feeling a little under weather too, but I don't think it affected my play) and you just have to be greatful that things didn't go any worse!

As we discussed in my last blog, the "journey to GM" is going to be a long one. Patience and allowing myself to "enjoy the ride" is just as important as the results right now. So though it's true that I look back on last week's tournament and admit to myself that I have a lot of work to do....

IF I can score 5.5 out of 9, gain 10-15 FIDE rating points, and be in the running to place well up until the final round in tournaments of "bad form" (where I can't even convert clear advantages -- see the Yang game below -- and I play like garbage with white -- see the Akobian game as well--) then I have to be pretty pumped about my chances when I am in "good form"... right??? 

 

 

and a good one for the road...

 

and here's a link to a video interview I did for the Metro site...

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