In yesterday's post I wrote about my first tournament back after my trip. As I mentioned the first two games were exciting, and overall I played well despite losing both of them. Both those games had down to the bitter end time wise. The two games combined had a total of 13 seconds left at the end of them. When both players are using all their time, it doesn't give much time to recover for the next round.
In round three I played Shernaz Kennedy. We went through a spell last summer where we played each other four times in six weeks including three weeks in a row. I was white in every single one of those games. I also lost all four of those games. This was the first time we had played since last September. Once again I had White against her. I got a good game out of the opening with some attacking chances, but I gambled by pressing on instead of taking a move to castle. That got me in trouble when I misplayed a series of trades allowing her to put her bishop on c5.
This was clearly a case of over focusing in one part of the board without considering how the changed position affects what is happening on the other side of the board. It's funny how many games of kids I've observed where there is mate on f2 or f7 against an uncastled king. It's a pattern that I've seen a million times and have shown my students over the years. In this game I just totally forgot about it. When I saw Shernaz pick up her queen and put it on f2, I was in utter shock. All I could do was laugh over the total stupidity of allowing that to occur.
A few days later I would get my rematch at the NY State Championship. We traveled all the way to Albany to have to play each other again. I'm getting ahead of myself. That is another story. Stay tuned for my NY State Championship report. Murphy stayed home this year.