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Two games.  One I am proud of, one I am not.  One gained me 10 rating points, one lost me 10 rating points.  My rating remained the same, but looking back at the games, I cannot say I have gained nothing. :D


An intense battle (with mistakes by both of us :x)  He attacked, I defended, and by the time he ran out of steam, I had enough extra material for a comfortable endgame.


Nothing lasts in playing-chess-carelessly-land though, so I made sure to lose those 10 points right back with this game. 


I could have taken a one pawn advantage, but instead I went for inefficient traps without nearly sufficient pressure, and let him park his knight in a pesky spot, and then I figured getting his last bishop off the board would be worth a pawn loss, since I would still be a pawn up.  That's what I get for playing carelessly :P


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  • 6 years ago


    Did you know shinigami only eat apples? ^_^

    I joined at the end of september or so. I've improved by about 200 elo whilst I've been a member, which I'm pretty pleased with.

    It's not so much about the errors which you make - it's about the errors that your opponent makes, which you overlook. Time and time again I analyse the game afterwards, only to find that I've missed that my opponents Queen could have been taken or I had a checkmate. Reducing our own errors as well as recognizing the errors of our opponents, is the way forward, I believe :)

  • 6 years ago


    Why yes, it is L  ^____^


    And yeah, I've had some break aways myself.  Joined a still ongoing tournament in either March or May as a 1260 or so, and now I've gotten up to the 1500s.  It feels nice to improve, but I do have the tendency to let my guard down and get careless, so I hope that if I make a note on my blog of when I make those errors, it will help me remember them instead of shrugging them off and forgetting them.

  • 6 years ago


    Off topic - is your profile picture of 'L'? [if so, NICE! shame he had to die ;( ]

    On topic: Lol, it seems to always be the case that what goes up must come down! Small rating fluctuations are pretty temporary - but every now and then we have a breakthrough which we able to maintain [which is always nice]

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