My Favorite Weekend in a Long Time! Part 2: Sunday Edition
I went into the chess club at our usual 6:25 pm. As usual, Drew is late and yet still making his adorably endless small talk with different players/parents of players. Pairings are finally posted. I'm playing a 1596...hmm...well, that takes pressure off actually. Yesterday I had my highest win anyhow and my processing felt really much faster and had more clarity than usual, despite playing a lot less chess than usual. I'm Black, which I'm comfortable with until he plays his first move...Nf3.
Now here is where analysis gets a little interesting for me. I admittedly tend to be quite obsessed with best moves. I'd rather have a 90% best move ratio and lose from 2 mistakes than to win with a 60% best move percentage. That's a little insight as to one of my favorite components of chess...but that's just one of them. Everyone loves creative tactical sacrifices and a 5 move sequence that wouldn't easily be seen by most players. I've only recently begun to crave positional advantages and previously almost took pride in identifying as "not a very positional player"...which is absurdly silly.
In this game, I have 1 blunder at 24. Qa5 and it was a doozy. No mistakes or inaccuracies. He has 1 blunder and 1 mistake only. He played his best move 40% of the time. I played my best move 71%. Average difference per move for White was .91 and average for Black is .40 But that said, it was a very sharp game and he had winning chances.
Queen's Pawn: Zukertort (transposed from the Reti)