Slow Swiss #6 - Round 5 game with Crash_Steve

Well... let's tell the truth here.  No holding back.

I was NOT looking forward to this game.  This slow swiss has been especially difficult.  In all the pairings, I was paired with people not only stronger but FAR stronger than I was.  While I felt that I focused for my first game, my second game was a disaster where I didn't even show up (it seemed).  I didn't even bother annotating as it was pointless.   My third game, at least I showed up but, as usual, I blew it.  Typical Cris Angel style.   Fourth game, again, I never focused.  The opponent threw me with an opening I wasn't used to and I lost quickly.    I was getting so discouraged.  And for the last round, when it looked like I might finally get someone my ranking, I got paired with "Crashie" whose standard rating doesn't look THAT far from mine but his online rating is much higher.  We've played before and I  just can't beat him.  We started learning this game around the same time but he has picked it up faster (much faster) than I have and I think is a far better player.  


I was dreading it. 

This game was scheduled for a Thursday.  Around Tuesday morning, I started getting a scratchy throat.   

Oh cripes, I thought.  Watch me get sick.

Yep, I caught something alright.   Crashie is a very good friend of mine and even offered to postpone the game but as per the rules, this game had to be finished on Sunday.  Knowing how the common cold usually behaves, I'm not going to be better by Sunday.  And I didn't want to not play it.  My team knew I was discouraged and if I didn't play it, I didn't want them thinking I chickened out or made an excuse.   When I am on a team, I am a TEAM player.  Period.  ;) 

If I would have had a migraine, I would have had no choice but to back out.  But I won't lie about it.  I just had a little cold... Big deal.

Well, here we go. 


  • 3 years ago


    Doc just a few thoughts on the game

  • 3 years ago


    I like our thinking around moves 7-8. We both wanted the center and we both had a foot(pawn) in the center.

    "Well, there's the fork you ordered, Madam....." haha!!!!

    When you "exposed your claw", I didn't see the threat. I was safe, I thought. My king was on a light square: no worries. Here's an imagery for  you: Here  kitty kitty kitty... Reaches gently to pet the kitty and SWIPE. That threat left a couple of long gashes.

    I gladly accepted that draw. Phew is right.

    Very kind words, thank you. Feeling is mutual; you are top of my list. 

  • 3 years ago


    Well, according t Houdini, if I read it right, white has an advantage at the end but not decisive advantage. Just slightly ahead. And I was getting sicker.

  • 3 years ago


    White is much better just before the draw. Great Game!

  • 3 years ago


    @Dr, looks like a hard fought game for both players! This game shows the old chess adage that you need to stay in the game even when down, you never know when you will be let back into the game :-)

  • 3 years ago


    Well, Dr_Cris_Angel, at least you didn't lose :)

    You played a decent game, and I think if you keep doing the tactics trainer, or just look for checks, captures, and threats, you should be okay. I would not have offered a draw, but I can understand that you were tired. I think you had some really attacking chances near the end there. 

    Nice game though!

    BTW I reccomend you memorize this, this should increase your level of play. Good luck in the near future, and if you ever want a game, rated or unrated, just let me know, and I'll analyze it as well :)


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