Slow Swiss #3 - Round 3
Sometimes posting a blog is VERY annoying! Doggone thing just disappeared. This took me an hour and a half to annotate and POOOOOOOFFFF -- Just disappeared. Good thing I ALWAYS recopy my pgn when I'm through. Nevertheless, the infurating thing "ATE" my intro from before so I have to write it again. Cripes, I hope I remember everything I wanted to say.
Worth noting, I'm a beginner. I'm playing with someone around my level. Now. We ALL know my record, I think. It's abysmal. I have participated in THREE Slow Swiss Events and THREE quad events. Out of ALL OF THOSE GAMES, I have.... DRUM ROLL PLEASE... (trumpet blares loudly) ONE win! YES! Just one!! (I don't count wins by forfeit although I DO have two of those... isn't that pathetic? I actually have more wins by forfeits than REAL wins..... ***sigh***)
With that said, I am having a HUGE problem with nerves. I get so nervous in these that in the past few games, I've been physically ill when starting. I feel TERRIBLE, mentally fuzzy, flustered and just NOT READY. My first impulse has been to just quit everything (especially after a particularly embarrassing and painful loss the other day) but I realized you can't just run away from a fear, you DO have to face it, no matter how much it hurts (only exception... if I were to have an excruciating headache. I have learned the hard way that I cannot play with a bad headache.... in that case, I'd have to forfeit).
So, I played. I didn't feel well. But I'm glad I swallowed it up and tried to play.
HEY you advanced players!! Remember, I'm a beginner. I won't see all the things you do! I keep trying so feel free to point things out... but during games, I certainly don't see many things. Have you ever focused SO much that you missed something totally obvious? That has happened to me a few times now.
1. Focus as much as possible.
2. Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.
3. (new goal). If I am in a situation where it looks like I have an advantage, for cripe's sake, DON'T BLOW IT.
Enough babbling from me now. Here is the game.