Poor Thought Process
I played over the board for the 1st time in about 8 months today and it really showed. Though I played and lost twice to a 1900 player, which in itself isn't really a bad thing, the way I lost was pretty bad. Both cases involved not looking at what my opponent was threatening, which is just careless and dangerous. In both cases I already had a plan in my head and didn't even take a moment to take in the board and make sure I was committing a blunder. The only good thing about the games was that I showed up and played and I handled both openings pretty well, going about 10 moves deep into the Smyslov Caro Kann, which I haven't really played against, and playing into a better position in an Alekhine's Defense before I committed about the worst mistake I've ever made in an over the board game.
It was good to get back in the swing of things though. I am going to try and play weekly at the club on Monday nights, which will provide very tough competition, and a good learning environment. I will be the weakest player, with everyone else being 1850 or higher. That is the way you get better at this game though. Play tough competition, learn from your mistakes and eradicate your weaknesses. That is how I gained 300 points last Spring.