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Barely Floating Above the 1500 Line

Barely Floating Above the 1500 Line

philidor_position
Sep 1, 2016, 1:48 PM 10

I had to take some time away from chess to prepare for a conference, and on my return I was quite out of form. I lost the first game after coming back and sinked down the 1500 line, and then barely pushed my head above it for a breath by winning the second. But even in the game that I won, the quality of my play was alarming. Apparently my problem with missing one-movers remains, and I'm going to have to work on that.

I annotated the two games in detail, mostly verbally, and at times tried to give you (and myself) a picture of the mental/psychological processes that I thought were going on. Here they are for your pleasure! Hope they have some instructive value too.

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