Lately in Live Chess I've been losing games like it's my profession. Maybe it's what I get for playing chess instead of doing the research I ought to be catching up on right now for my graduate classes. Anywho, so that I don't get overly depressed, I figured that I would examine one of the few lucky wins I've had lately (a.k.a., a game during which I didn't yell at myself as much.) Maybe I'll post a devastating loss next time just to balance things out.
I've learned that I play better with around 20|5 time control, which is what I've been playing recently. I suppose I got tired of losing on time with a clearly winning position. I want to play good chess first; I'll learn how to play fast chess later.
This game features a Ruy Lopez-ish opening, though my opponent brought the Queen out a bit early, which may have cost her some initiative. The game itself was pretty even. I thought I had a better position until I made a fatal mistake, for which I was not punished, and then won with a check on the king which caused further problems my opponent.
And so another game has been examined. As always, please feel free to leave comments. I know I miss a lot, and I, like you, am always looking to become a better player. I'd especially love to hear thoughts on pawn structure, as that is what I'm trying to intentionally work on right now. Cheers!