It's been a while. In fact, an entire season went by without me writing a blog post. But.... here we are and a new chess season is now underway.
My aim is to play more regularly this season (I played 14 league matches last season) and I have made myself available again for Northampton Chessmates as well as Daventry.
Having stepped aside as captain of Daventry, I feel that I am now in a position to concentrate on my chess and have kept myself busy looking at some chess games and continuing with coaching at Northampton Junior Chess Club.
In effect, a year away from competitive games (I cannot honestly say that I applied myself fully last season!) and some personal issues now behind me for the time being at least, I feel reviatalised and am determined to take my chess a tad more seriously this season.
I should also grudgingly mention Christopher Ross who has provided some useful tips and coaching during the last year.
So here is my first "long" game of the season. We at Chessmates A were playing away to Kettering B. When I left, we were winning 2.5-0.5 with just two games left to play. I was unable to stay until the end. Time controls are 35 moves in 1 hour and 15 minutes with a 15 minute quickplay finish.
I think it's fair to say that Steve didn't play his best game here. He mentioned before the game that he was on a bit of a losing streak. Although I have not played much serious chess recently, I still felt confident, having been looking at some chess videos and some annotated games recently.
The mindset of the player is, of course, very important and low confidence can very easily spill over onto the board. I think that's probably what happened with Steve tonight.
I was reasonably pleased with the way I maintained control of the game and did not allow myself to get embroiled in a silly tactical mess (as suggested by Fritz!). I maintained my advantage without giving my opponent any real hope that he could extricate himself from his (self inflicted!) problems.
I am hoping this sets me up nicely for Daventry's first game of the season tomorrow night.
Wishing you all successful chess this season (unless you play me of course!)