August 2017 Untitled Tuesday
It's been five days since the WPP finale, and I still feel gassed. After coming off of a series which was not only some of my best work since starting this blog in late April, but also meant a lot to me personally, I'm less than thrilled to be writing about a monthly event - something which repeats itself time after time until eventually you run out of new things to say.
But this is only my second UT post. Maybe there's hope for me yet to get good at blitz before I run completely out of material
There's a reason why I play most of my blitz games on Untitled Tuesday. It lies somewhere at the intersection of the friendly community there, my need for a good mental state when playing blitz and the garbage openings I see in about 80% of games in the open pool. Even if I still hang stuff all the time, I like UT and UT likes me, to the tune of a ~1500 performance in the two events I've played in.
But not in the first three rounds of this event. I lost my first three games, and all three losses had a lot in common. In my first-round game, I grabbed the two bishops early on and missed that White was better anyway after my somewhat artificial ... Bb4-a5-b6 maneuver. Later on I became tied to a weakness on c6 and saw a tactical trick that solved my problems... except that it didn't. In my second game I won a pawn in a Giuoco Piano with opposite-side castling but allowed my opponent loads of compensation, and so it goes...
Here's my third-round game against the founder @MGleason, in which I got a large advantage out of the opening and then blew it all over the next several moves.