Monday, March 20, 2006


Deja Vu All Over Again.

I played Saturday and it was a flashback to the previous Saturday where I beat two lower rated people and lost as black to the same 2173 rated guy playing the Caro-Kann. First a note on kids, my first game was against a 1322 rated twelve year old, the same one I played the week before. He plays a LOT better than 1322. Kids play a lot on the internet or against friends, but do not play many rated games, so their rating stays artificially low. So I have to expend a lot of energy to win, take almost the full 2 hours, to only get one 1 rating point. Not to mention if I lose or draw, my rating drops tremedously.

Against the 2173 I did manage to get a better position via a decent tactic on move 18, but then I got greedy and blundered it away two moves later. At the end of the day, even though I beat two people and only lost to someone 250 higher rated than I, I still lost 2 ratings points.

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That happens to me often too, doing a good trick, win something, be euforic, make a bad move to seal the deal.
It does look like you had the advantage for most of the game, but should maybe have retreated the knight.
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