Saturday, 24 November 2018

Chess is hard.

Chess is hard.

The month of November has been full of ups and downs for me. On the one hand, I managed to scale new heights in terms of my rapid ELO rating on, reaching a peak of 1955 and beating 2 NM's along the way. (Nearly beating a CM as well) 

However, a combination of impatience, impulsiveness, and indiscipline resulted in a loss of over 100 ELO points in a span of just a few days. I am barely over 1800 ELO now. 

My dreams of breaking 2000 ELO on rapid by year's end is quickly fading away. -sigh-

So many losses. One of which including blundering a whole queen in a completely winning position. See the game below:
A game that I liked (ChessBase 14)
[Event "Live Chess"] [Site ""] [Date "2018.11.22"] [Round "?"] [White "dr_chessdad"] [Black "OmalPuar"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D00"] [WhiteElo "1831"] [BlackElo "1999"] [Annotator "Liew,Mark"] [PlyCount "62"] [EventDate "2018.??.??"] [TimeControl "900+10"] 1. d4 d5 2. Bf4 c5 3. e4 dxe4 4. d5 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Qe2 Bf5 7. O-O-O Nbd7 8. h3 $2 (8. f3 $1 exf3 9. Nxf3 {with initiative.}) 8... h5 9. f3 exf3 10. Nxf3 b5 11. g4 $6 {a dubious sacrifice. Right idea but wrong execution.} (11. d6 $1 e6 {and only then.} 12. g4 $1 hxg4 13. hxg4 Rxh1 14. gxf5 {with winning position}) 11... hxg4 12. hxg4 Rxh1 13. gxf5 {Computer says =- to Black but practically speaking the position is quite difficult for a human. His pieces are uncoordinated and undeveloped.} Qa5 $2 (13... b4 14. Na4) 14. d6 b4 15. dxe7 Bxe7 16. Bd6 Ng8 17. Bxe7 bxc3 18. Bf6+ $2 (18. Bd6+ Kd8 19. Ne5 Nxe5 20. Bxe5+ Kc8 21. Bxc3 Qc7 22. Qe4 Rxf1 23. Qxa8+ Qb8 24. Qxb8+ Kxb8 25. Rxf1 {white wins.}) 18... Kf8 19. Bxc3 Qc7 20. Bxg7+ Kxg7 21. Qg2+ Kf8 22. Qxh1 Rb8 23. Ng5 Qf4+ 24. Kb1 Qxg5 25. Rxd7 Qxf5 26. Rd1 Qf6 27. b3 a5 28. a4 (28. Bc4) 28... Ne7 29. Bc4 Qc3 30. Qh6+ Ke8 31. Qh8+ $4 {I have no idea why i played this move. Truly the blunder of the year.} (31. Qf4 {[%csl Gb8,Gf7] White wins because of the dual threats.}) 31... Qxh8 {OmalPuar won by resignation} 0-1

Thankfully, I know the remedy. 
  1. Play fewer games
  2. Study more 
  3. Analyze all previous losses 
  4. Sleep better
I need to remind myself constantly not to hurry and enjoy each game as it is. To appreciate the beauty and play well. Each game presents an opportunity to create a great memory. 

My new favorite chess quote is taken from the excellent book 'A Pawn's Journey" by Elliot Neff. There is no such thing as 'lose'. There is only win, draw or learn.

Whoever is reading this, if you're going thru a losing streak in chess. You're not alone. 

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