Better Players Play Worse.
To my delight and confusion, in one day I've won twice against 1600+ players. Yes, for a change I'm not tired. Yes, I have been doing my tactical trainer. Yes, I spend a few hours on learning the main line of any theme tournament I enter beforehand. But no...this is definitely not reflective of my improvement. Don't get me wrong, I'm pleased...but I'm also suspicious about something I've often found myself doing. Better players play horribly when they play someone rated much less.
Ego? Maybe sometimes. The feeling that you're wasting your time and energy on a master ploy that the other player won't even play well enough to fall into? Perhaps.
My humility in tact...yaaaayyyyy! Here are the two sweet final positions: