A sampler of Online Chess games
I won't be playing in another face-to-face tournament until Thanksgiving (end of November), so here are a few recent Online Chess games with time controls of 1-3 days per move. I've gotten quite fond of this format, though sometimes it's shocking how much time I can spend on a position without finding any good moves.
One hazard of Online Chess is that it's legal and easy to use opening databases. This sounds like an advantage--practice your openings! learn new variations!--but sometimes the database is a path that takes you into a swamp and leaves you there.
The following game is an exceptionally deep swamp. I have not analyzed it completely and I'm not sure I ever can. But it was certainly exciting to play.
The following is my first win against a chess.com 2100+. I was startled at the way tactics suddenly emerged from a barren-looking position that I'd evaluated as worse for me.
Two back-to-back wins exploiting a mobile pawn center:
Finally, a rare example of a game where I assessed that I was better in an even material endgame, and then managed to prove it.
I am getting very excited about my next OTB tournament, as my results on chess.com have been good lately--but also quite nervous, as my expectations are high. Pride goeth before a blunder, so they say.