Lexington Open 2011 - Day 2
At the end of day one, one of the tournament directors said to me, "Well it's yours to lose." As it turns out that's exactly what I did. I blew two games in a row to finish in a three-way tie for second with a three-way tie for first meaning I didn't finish in the money. In the first game I underestimated my opponent's strength and fell into a silly trap. I didn't spend enough time analyzing his options and thought to win the game quickly. I was tired from the previous day and my chess stamina just wasn't where it needed to be. The first tournament I played in was four rounds of G/45 and I was exhausted. This was two days with 3 rounds and 2 rounds of G/90. Anyway, I dropped a queen for two pieces and though I got a winning position and several opportunities to win, I was defeating myself in my head because I couldn't forget the stupid mistake I made early in the game.
The second game was not much different. I was tired and not concentrating enough. When I felt like things were getting bad for me, I actually wasn't doing so badly. I guess I was just tired of playing and subconciously ended it.