How to misplay Arena Kings after losing a winning position to Aman Hambleton!
Do you know the feeling when everything goes somehow wrong right from the start? That is what happened to me during the second #ArenaKings tournament on chess.com. In the first round, I was paired with Aman Hambleton. After a strange opening and several mutual inaccuracies, I had a fantastic position:
After this disaster, I failed to pull it together. You can't even imagine how many winning positions I misplayed! Some of them I lost on time, some of them I lost thanks to stupid blunders. There were some bright moments, though. In this game, I quickly trapped my opponent's queen:
In this one, I came up with the cute checkmate:
At some point, I was so angry that it started affecting my style of play. I became overaggressive! This game illustrates the matters:
Although closer to the end of the tournament, I guess I found my play, it was already too late to fight for the main prizes. However...
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