So many missed opportunities
After game 6 of the world championship match, Anand said that when you're not expecting a gift, you don't accept it. Today I played a game that was like that — on steroids. It was just full of gifts, and I accepted a few, but rejected the best ones.
When reviewing the game, it almost seems as if my opponent wanted me to win. But I missed all the best invitations to the full point.
Anyway, I managed to outplay an opponent who — at least on paper — is much stronger. And although I messed up and dropped half a point, the draw will give my rating a slight boost. That is always something. However, it should have been an easy win, and that is always a bit tough to swallow.
So what have I learned from this? Well, first of all, I need to use my time better and explore the details of the position. I often find myself playing according to principle. For instance, when trading off the final pair of rooks, I was thinking that I should not let my opponent have the open file, and trading is good when you're ahead on material. Right? No, not right. At least not always. Secondly, I need to analyze the lines a bit deeper, and be a bit more critical to my conclusions. The final position is an excellent example of this.
Ok, so I didn't win, but tomorrow is a new day. And as it turns out, I also have a new game. I am going for the kill in that one. Wish me luck!