I've been asked a few times if I was going to write a new blog lately. Particularly over the summer, when I briefly broke 2000. In retrospect I'm glad I didn't blog that tournament. It was the best tournament of my life, but blogging it now would be disingenuous. I don't want to give anyone the impression that I am actually 2000 strength. I'm sure I'll post my favorite game from that tournament someday, though. Even got a Candidate Master norm. To be fair, reaching 2000 was my goal for the year, and I didn't particularly care whether I stayed above it or not in the immediate aftermath. It's nice to achieve what one sets out to do once in a while.
Anyway, right after that tournament, I went to Philadelphia (always a bad idea, not just in chess but in life) and threw away 50 rating points. I gained a few back in the tournaments after that, and now in the past two weeks I've lost, yet again, so many points that one more such event could put me under 1900. Home sweet home!
However, bad performances have never stopped me blogging before, so here are a few gems from the past two weekends! Sorry about the poor quality of analysis. Hard to get motivated analyzing games where I didn't put in the effort over-the-board in the first place.
In the end, I have (many) issues on and (especially) off the chessboard that need fixing before my chess can go anywhere. At the moment I seem to be in freefall mode, which, fortunately, is one of my best modes! Although I may not go down too much further, because as a certain chess prodigy many of us know once said, "Once a 1900, always a 1900." Words to live by!
In seriousness, despite playing so often online that I never feel rusty, I am completely out of form and don't seem to be able to avoid losing to weaker players in equal positions nor avoid hanging material at least once per tournament in my current state. For those who know me well, and you know who you are, suggestions are welcome. This doesn't seem quite the same problem I had before.
The good news is that I've invested way too much into chess to consider stopping, and I do love the game, when I don't hate it. No intention of giving up just because it's getting hard again. College and chess don't mix well, but there are (many) worse things to be doing. I did at least accomplish my goal on the year of getting to 2000, and I suppose the rest is icing on the cake .
Thank you for reading, and I apologize for the sloppy nature of this one. Later.