AMERICAN OPEN 2013/THE UGLIEST GAMES I EVER PLAYED
Feb 28, 2014, 9:28 PM 1
I always wondered how it would feel like playing in a Big Tournament; although I did not perform well as a whole, I learned a lot. I played some of the worst games this tournament.
This was the effect of not taking naps between rounds; man I been tired every day; I was smoked and exhausted. I never really caught up with any sleep. The only time I was feeling fresh and awake was the last round I played (7). I took a bye last round.
When I end up with scores that go in this pattern: Win-Loss-Win-Loss-Win-Loss-Win... Lol, you know something is wrong and my mind is not there... I am thankful for the experience, and I am a firm believer like many, in studying your mistakes. For me, it was these factors I needed to improve:
-Get enough sleep; take naps when available. REST REST REST!!!
-Get to the board early rather than set up last minute.
-LOOK @ THE BOARD from both sides e.g. TARGETS, TACTICS, -TIMING/TEMPO, TAKE YOUR TIME! ETC...
-If your opponent plays too fast, don't get tempted.
-Wear comfortable Clothes...
-Sanity Checks before your moves.
I think Cindy could have beaten me, but she was smoked as I was by night... She kept yawning, playing with her nails, and her eyes were blood-shot. She actually did pretty good all tournament.
Daniel was such a quick player, he saw so many things really fast, moved quickly and agressively, it was nerve-racking. If he moved slower and took his time, I think he would have domintated everyone on the U1400 section undisputedly. I fell into his rhythm and lost.
So I played this kid, and I could have revived the game for myself with a Bisop fork in the endgame. This kid was pretty cocky when it came to the endgame as he picked up a piece put it back and moved another piece. (Yes the kid had the lead) I confronted him about the touch-move rule, and he asked me "Did I touch it?" "Did I touch it?" I said "Yes," then he said Okay, and he moved it. Either way I had the game lost, and while I was thinking if I had any chances for defense on my remaining move before resigning, due to the position the Kid... Moved every remaining pieces of his on the Board, and "Adjusted" all of them of course saying Adjust as required... If I was a Kid at the moment...
The only game, I went home happy winning in the tournament.