Overcoming My Weaknesses
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.