Numbers and letters
So I had my first competitive match last night. The biggest difficulty I had was recording the moves. I'm not a stupid guy, but the amount of times I was going through the alphabet while looking at ranks was embarassing. I had to correct some of my annotations as I went through. Guess when you are trying to concentrate on the game, something as simple as marking the moves becomes difficult.
Thankfully when I was at home and played the game through my notes made sense. I will post it up once I've had time to analyse it.
We played 30 moves in an hour and then 20 minutes to finish. By the mid game I was worried that the game would be decided on time. It had draw written all over it. Thankfully my opponent made a mistake and I was able to break open the position.
I don't know if anyone else does this, but as I was about to deliver checkmate I paused, and thought to myself "this is what it feels like to win, enjoy it and use it as motivation". It was a very nice feeling.
To finish off a pretty good chess day, I checked my Chess.com rating and notices that I had broken 1300 on Correspondence for the first time. I love this game!