Monday, November 28, 2005
The tournament didn't go so well. I got ground down by Bonin as usual, and lost a game to expert Jon Jacobs when I stupidly took myself out of my repertoire and into a Benoni position I didn't know how to play. I drew with an A player when I played meself into time trouble in a better heavy-piec ending and fell into a repetition, and I drew with a C player (!) when I kept on looking for tactical solutions instead of just consolidating my extra Pawn.
My three wins were against two A players and an expert--a blunder, a nice endgame grind, and a win after holding on for dear life against a strong attack.
Overall, it was a mediocre result. My play was not notably sharp. I would say that doing thousands of tactical problems over the last couple of months...did nothing at all for my game. Maybe it just doesn't work on players already over 2000 or so.
I have noticed that when I get taken out of my repertoire early, my results are pretty bad, even if I get out of the opening with a good position. So it may be time to buckle down and book up a little.
I'm going to keep on doing some problems at CTS just because it's fun, but I no longer expect anything from it.
One note on your site, by the way: the embedded I-frame games sometimes take a while to load even on a fast connection and sometimes discourage me from waiting for the page to load. I assume other readers have the same issues -- especially any with dial-up. You might try simply linking to your games for greater usability.
Once I have a little more time, I'll try to get my externally-hosted game windows to pop up from a link.
What I've begun doing thought process-wise is this (in this exact order) on nearly* every move:
1. Determine my opp's threats (whether tactical or positional)
2. Determine what type of response is needed (again, whether tactical or positional)
3. ID the best candidate moves
4. Calculate to determine the best one
*I find that in certain circumstances, I don't need to repeat the entire process (especially if the moves I've calculated previously are being played), but I do perform some calculation on each move just to confirm that I'm not making any blunders.