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Less is More

Less is More

May 3, 2011, 2:17 PM 1

Lately I've been biting off more than I can chew as far as my online correspondence games are concerned.  I had as many as 55 games going at once, and it bothered me logging off with a bunch of games marked "My Move".  I just resigned a game which marked my second loss to an opponent who started the "Finally, a quick e4 tournament" over 500 rating points below mine.  Given the name of the tournament, the play was expected to move at a reasonable pace, but I became flustered when my opponent sent me a few messages (after I used a few days of vacation time for easter weekend) implying that I should speed up.  Unfortunately, this got to my head, and I have been playing lower quality chess (in my opinion) ever since.  This has been a good lesson for me, as I need to control the number of games I am playing, as well as not sandbagging tournaments in which I am close to the top of the rating cutoff.  It's time to put more time into less games, and hopefully free up some time for myself to actually study chess in addition to playing it.

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