When I started this game, I was feeling kind of groggy. It wasn't THAT early in the morning. I'm accustomed to waking at around 5:45 am and this was at 10 -- so not early by any means. But I've had absoutely HORRENDOUS Quad and Slow Swiss games of late. Blundering early and I think my nerves were REALLY playing a number on me. Nevertheless, we can't RUN AWAY when that happens. We have to face our fears. So here I am again, not feeling too well, feeling very mentally fuzzy and nervous as heck.
1. Focus as much as possible. Try to do my best, the absolute best I can given my skills and abilities.
2. Do NOT give the opponent an easy win. Make him fight for it.
I did that! Wheeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Now, if only I could remember to blunder check with EVERY MOVE and not get too excited. Dang it all anyway.
Nevertheless, it's a very good game for me. Until that last extremely fatal blunder, I think I was doing well! I was putting up a fight for the center, trying to remember to look at safety (insert, "yeah, Cris Angel, you REALLY looked at safety for that last move, didn't you!!??" -- Subconscious, YOU KEEP OUT OF THIS!)
Okay... no more dawdling. Here's the game. And keep your kicking boots in the closet. I kicked myself enough, I promise.