Hi Rocky,I have examined your game. I noticed that your thinking time per move was be very low. Are these times rapid for slow chess(60+5)?I think if you would have use your time till the last, the game could have been better.And I look forward to our scheduled game at 22 July :)Savaş
Yes - I didn't take much time to think in this game. I was in somewhat of a blitz mode in this game. One of the things I need to be more consistent at is always taking my time when I have the time to take.
Eek. White's 21. Ng5 is awful - this is what Heisman is after with his Counting Crusade. You messed it up as well, as 22 ... Qxe7 simply wins a piece (the g5 knight is now protected), and even the simple in-between move 22 ... Nxh3+ picks up at least a pawn.
"The only redeeming feature of this game was that I even played."Actually, I though you played that pretty well up until 22 ... Rxe7?? You were in complete control of that position (good bishop pair, strong knight, control of the open file) - I'm not really sure White's supposed to do on move 21. You're threatening Nxc3 as it is, and b5-b4 is kinda good as well I think.
Jabari - thanks for the comments. This is something I need to work on a bit more. I am quick to see tactics on ChessTempo, but completely blind in my games ... as evidenced many times. I should be seeing those tactics in games no problem, but instead, I consistently fail.I am also highly inconsistent in my quality of play. In some games, I feel I play solid chess, while at other games, it's like I have the memory of a gnat and I just forget all past experience, lessons "learned", thought processes, etc.Sometimes when I go into a game on-line, I feel fresh and ready to play. I play confidently, sharp and solid. Sometimes I go into a game feeling sluggish and in the fog. On those occasions, I can eventually snap out of it and play a focused game. But other times, I fail to get out of the fog.I'd like to be able to always get out of the fog every time I play ... I'd like to play solidly every time.This is the main reason I like to play the 75 15 or G/90 or G/120 games. If I'm not feeling that great up front, I can take the 5-10 or even 20 minute think on a move until I feel composed and ready to fight. I can't really afford that in a G/60 or even a 45 45 game.Any advice on this front?One of the original intents of this 52-game quest was to just get myself consistently playing week after week ... so I could learn to deal with quickly overcoming that "lack of will to fight". I wanted to train that into a reflex. I don't think I've succeeded because I've not consistently played. I need to get in the game week after week in order to begin to address that issue.Thoughts (from anyone) on this?