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Overcoming My Weaknesses

Overcoming My Weaknesses

Dec 13, 2015, 10:59 AM 1

I have been working out a lot more lately to get back into shape and I have noticed many parallels between chess and pumping iron.  One of my major thoughts have been about weaknesses.  I am weak in a lot of areas, both in chess and physically.  But as I spend more time with physical activity and chess, I am able to identify those weaknesses and overcome them. 

After going over many games that I have played this week, I feel like my main weakness is that I just need to take my time to analyze the board.  For standard games, I never really feel the rush of being in time trouble so it is evident that I need to slow down a bit.  Here is a game that I played this week that I should have had a way easier time than I did, but I let many obvious blunders creep into my game:

I got lucky in this game because my opponent was also making some key mistakes, but at the end of the day, I count this as a loss.  I realize that I am not really playing my opponent, but I am playing against myself.  This is definitely one of those times that I lost because I didn't use the techniques and patience that I have been learning.

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