Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Washington Wacky Wednesday!

When I play the two day schedule of a three day tournament I sometimes have difficulty making the transition from G/60 to 40/2 G/60. There are three factors that may come into play. 1.)I forget to slow down. 2.) I'm restless from the opponent's slow pace. 3.) I'm tired from the previous games. I think in this particular case it was a combination of numbers 2 and 3. I found myself getting restless when my opponent went into a deep think early on. Despite my relatively short round three game of 1 hour, 20 minutes as opposed to almost two hours for rounds one and two, I was a bit tired going into round four. I suppose I could play the jet lag card, and blame on the three hour time difference.

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It was one of those games where I had trouble getting the queen bishop out quickly. Also I just totally ignored all the potential pins that became problematic at the end. Two hours was enough time to torment myself. I was in no mood to play out a position against a player who took over an hour on his first 17 moves.

10 comments:

chesstiger said...

What's your plan with 6. f4?
What's your plan with 17. Qa5?

17. Qa5 is a move i would call an outright blunder.

Chessaholic said...

ouch ;-/

Polly said...

Tiger: 6. f4 was an experiment against Black's f5. I haven't been very happy with the positions I've gotten when the opponent has been able to push to f4. I think my f4 is too soon.

17. Qa5 is the worst of a number of move choices I had in the position. No matter what I play I'm losing. The best I get out of the position at that point is a rook for my queen. The mistake was allowing him all that play which I needed to remedy before that point of the game.

chesstiger said...

Just a thought but maybe 6. e3 followed by 7. Pgé2, 8. 0-0 is a better try. Now you block your g2 bishop with e4 and give black the beautiful square d4 for his knight.

Offcourse Qe1 is kinda the losing move, Qd2 looks better.

BlunderProne said...

Instead of Rb1 what else would have been better?

I like fxe5 but perhaps Bd2 ( then to c3) might have been safer but just as slow.

Polly said...

Qe1 was the killer move. That gave him all the pin threats. I just didn't see it at the time I made the move.

James Stripes said...

Rusty Miller's photos from the Washington Class are posted: see yourself at http://www.flickr.com/photos/27748810@N03/3072854281/

Polly said...

James: Thanks for the link. It was rather chilly in the playing room, and he took the picture before I could even sit down and take my jacket off. It was a nice tournament. I was hoping you'd come down for it.

James Stripes said...

I played in the Washington Class in 1996. I was tied for first in C when round 4 began. In that game I blew an easy win, then a textbook draw. I lost both Sunday games and finished fifteenth. Someday I'll get back to that event to redeem myself, but our family Squanto Day traditions keep me away for the time being.

It might be less of an issue if I lived closer to Seattle.

Polly said...

James: Maybe next visit to WA I'll come up to Spokane. :-)