Almost there ... and a crushing loss
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
In round 4 of our state championship, I find myself paired against an opponent rated 2000+ (my current rating is/was 1540). Since Alex had surprisingly lost 2 of the first 3 rounds I figured that he would be out for blood against me.
The good news is that I held up remarkably well against him. The great news is that after he made a blunder, I found myself up a rook and piece!
The bad news is that under time pressure I completely missed a mate threat against me.
This goes to prove that I still have some work to do on the thought process. I'm still not considering all the checks, captures and threats. I'm also still getting into time trouble. In the 5 rounds of the tournament I got into time pressure in 3 of the games. In each case I had a winning game, but lost!
So, is it the thought process or poor time management? Eh, probably both!
While the result of 1 point in 5 rounds was indeed disappointing, I was actually pleased with most aspects of my play. I avoided falling for simple tactical shots, I usually had a plan -- I won't say that I always had a good plan, but I was playing with purpose. I can hang with opponents rated well above me; I just need to clean up my thought process and work on time management some more. But, I feel I'm on the cusp of making serious improvements.
Wish me luck!