Anonymous :)

Anonymous :) 5 months ago

Tournament didn't go well :(

Hello, today I had quite an important tournament, but I didn't do very well. I prepared quite well for the tournament, but when I was playing I got into winning positions and blundered it away, or missed tactics for my opponent. When I was training however, I made none of these misttakes. Is there any reason for this? What can I do for my next tournament?

Thank you..

David Flynn

David Flynn 5 months ago

You need to understand what was different and the sorts of blunders made. Was it just you weren't in the same frame of mind, there was ego attached (you needed to win, it was important), over-confidence, tiredness...

What sort of blunders, did you just not evaluate right, blindness, over focus, overlooking distant long reaching pieces, forks, pins, loose pieces...

Also what is your rating?

Some of the problems will go with more experience, but part of it is understanding when you blunder and trying to get back to the right frame of mind.

Anonymous :)

Anonymous :) 5 months ago

I think it might have been overconfidence. In *all* the games I had a winning position (my training did sort of pay off), and then I got overconfident and missed simple tactics like forks (which I’m quite good at when training and when not overconfident). I also got into a little bit of time trouble, but I don’t think that’s to blame as I usually spot these tactics in 2-3 seconds.
For example:
1. e4 c6 2. Bc4 { B10 Caro-Kann Defense: Hillbilly Attack } d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bb5+ Bd7 5. Bxd7+ Nxd7 6. Nf3 Ngf6 7. O-O e6 8. d4 Bd6 9. Nc3 a6 10. Bg5 O-O 11. Qe2 Qc7 12. g3 h6 13. Bxf6 Nxf6 14. Nh4 b5 15. Qf3 b4 16. Na4 Qxc2 17. b3 Qe4 18. Qg2 Qxd4 19. Nf3 Qa7 20. Rfe1 Rac8 21. Ne5 Ne4 22. Ng4 Nc3 23. Nxc3 bxc3 24. Rac1 Rc7 25. Rc2 Rfc8 26. Qf3 Qb7 27. Qd3 Qb5 28. Qxb5 axb5 29. Kg2 d4 30. Rd1 e5 31. Kf1 Bc5 32. Nxe5 f6 33. Ng6 Kh7 34. Nf4 Bb6 35. b4 Rc4 36. a3 g5 37. Nd5 Ba7 38. Ne7 R8c7 39. Nd5 Rd7 40. Nxf6+ Kg6 41. Nxd7 Kf7 42. Ne5+ { Black resigns. } 1-0
I was crushing my lower rated opponent, and then I blundered a pawn , but I’m still winning. Then I blundered 2 rooks in a row due to forks.
Right after writing that sentence, I think I know the other problem! After making one blunder, I lose the RightMood, and then start blundering more!
So, 1. Don’t get overconfident when winning and 2. Forget about previous moves and just play the current position.
Thank you! You’ve been very helpful!