Grenke Open 2017, game analysis, part 1
As some of you might already know, on Monday ended Grenke Open 2017 held in a nice little city Karlsruhe (at least I think it's little ) & I had the pleasure to take part in this tournament.
Enough with the fluff and let's get down do business - game analysis!
The pairings for round 1 were presented 5 minutes before the start of the game, so no preparation possible, which sort of okay, as I was paired against a lower rated opponent and with White pieces, nevertheless, the thrills and excitement before the first round were there as it had been a while I had played such a big tournament.
All in all it was a pretty convincing victory in round 1, so all was good at this point.
In round 2 I was facing a very tough opposition in shape of GM Svetushkin Dmitry from Moldavia (2574 elo). To face such a caliber player with Black pieces was obviously a challenge. I briefly checked what opening my opponent plays and was ready to put up a fight!
I think I played a really good game up to the point, where it was important to find a good plan for that ending with Queen + BIshop vs Knight and 2 Rooks. It was quite tough to lose such a game after a 5 hour fight, but in the end my opponents technique just was superior.
This round started just an hour after my last game, which I lost. I found it very difficult to focus on the game as I still felt as if I had missed some chances in the previous game and that showed in the game quality of this game.
Totally not proud of this game and feeling lucky that I managed to win eventually. I realized that this is a major weakness of mine to not be able focus after a tough game, which obviously will backfire eventually in my results as well. I don't really know how to deal with this, as consciously I understand that I need to forget what happened and focus on what's in front of me, but subconsciously I am still thinking about that game. Any ideas of how to get rid of this drawback?
Despite the poor game in round 3, I was feeling quite optimistic about the whole tournament and just needed some good night sleep, which I got.
The analysis of the rest of the games will follow soon - stay tuned!