My Path to FM - Week 9
Well I didn't get any long training games in this week, but played a few 15 minute games that were quite serious. There are two that I'd like to share with some notes this week. I lost one, which I think I learned quite a lot from. The one I won was kind of neat, but it taught me that I need to do some serious work on the Grunfeld.
Here's the loss.
- I still have a tendency to play automatic moves right out of the opening. My first out of move book was move 12 and instead of stopping to think I automatically blitzed out Bg4 instead of noticing that I can win the e4 pawn tactically.
- While I am almost never in time trouble (except against IM's and GM's for some reason) I tend to move too quickly. Moving faster than necessary is another form of time management trouble.
- I failed to commit in this game. I could have either played calmly or pursued in a kingside attack. Both options were fine... I went for the kingside attack and then bailed by never playing g4 and I ended up in a worse endgame as a result. Then later in the game I picked a nice spot to get counterplay (by breaking g4, ironically) and then bailed AGAIN by missing Rf8. Not sure how to fix this, but at least I can be aware of it. Probably this is the result of poor calculation which is a result of poor time management.
And here's the win: