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Is it normal and expected and happens to all?

Post by kingsmasher1 on May 7th 2012, 12:47 pm


I have observed myself that, if i go for only tactics trainer and theories for a long couple of days with no play at all, then if i immediately start playing online some 10 mins or 15 10 games, i start making blunders, and it takes couple of games to get back to my original form.

Does it happen to all? Or am i the only one? alien alien

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Re: Is it normal and expected and happens to all?

Post by PawnCustodian on May 8th 2012, 12:19 pm

All the time.

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Post by BorgQueen on May 8th 2012, 7:51 pm

Although I make blunders, I usually find the reason is a 'brain fart' and not a result of doing tactics and studying theory.

Last game I played I completely overlooked a knight fork (I thought e3 was covered) and lost the exchange.

Mind you, I then sacrificed the exchange again to get two passed pawns, which ended up winning :-P

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Post by kingsmasher1 on May 9th 2012, 1:20 am

You are super BorgQueen Laughing

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Post by BorgQueen on May 9th 2012, 2:30 am

That's only the second game I have won after losing the exchange twice ^_^

Pity this site doesn't allow posting of games, some of you might enjoy a good "comeback" :-)

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Post by kingsmasher1 on May 9th 2012, 4:26 am

@Borgqueen: May be you can copy-paste the PGN files.

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Post by PawnCustodian on May 9th 2012, 7:49 am

The blunder at move 11 for the 2700 rated Stripunsky yesterday at the US Championship shows it can happen to anyone. Sad

We should see it soon on Chesstempo with a hanging piece tag...

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Post by BorgQueen on May 9th 2012, 8:58 am

Yes, it's kinda encouraging to see a master making such a blunder!

Here is the "comeback" game I was talking about:

[Event "Interclub A"]
[Site "Adelaide"]
[Date "2012.05.08"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Brad"]
[Black "George"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D30"]
[EventDate "2012.05.08"]
[SourceDate "2012.05.08"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 Bd7 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Qb3 Bxc3+ 6. bxc3 Bc6 7. Ne5 b6 8.
Nxc6 Nxc6 {cxd5 might be a little better.} 9. Qa4 Nge7 10. e3 O-O {Bd3 is
probably a little better.} 11. Ba3 Re8 {Bd3 here is much better.} 12. c5 Na5
13. Bd3 Nb7 {Just 0-0 is ok here. There is no advantage to push.} 14. Qa6 Qc8
15. Qa4 c6 {0-0 might be slightly better.} 16. Rb1 b5 17. Qc2 g6 18. O-O a5 {
e4/Rfe1 may be a little better, but I didn't want to give black d5 for his
knight.} 19. f3 Nf5 {Bc1 here is ok. Blunder coming -- I simply failed to see
e3.} 20. e4 {Dumbass move.} Ne3 21. Qd2 Nxf1 22. Bxf1 Qc7 {e5 here is a little
better.} 23. Bc1 f6 {a4 here is better.} 24. Qh6 Nd8 25. Bd3 Nf7 26. Qh4 Qe7 27. Qg3 Ra7 {h4
here is better.} 28. Bd2 a4 {My plan here is to swap off the central pawns,
locking the situation and holding the e file with the bishops, nullifying the
rooks. Houdini hates the idea ^_^} 29. exd5 exd5 30. a3 Kg7 31. h4 Qd8 {h5
here is good.} 32. Kf2 {Trying to secure the e file. Trying to make a fortress
that black can't make use of his rooks.} Qc7 33. Bf4 Qd8 {Here, my thoughts
were to try to open the h file and get some play with the raking bishops and
the rook. Again, Houdini hates this plan... and wants to play h5.} 34. Rh1 Rae7
35. Bd2 Re6 {Seeing the danger with Qe7 -> Re2+, I want to defend the e file
more.} 36. f4 Qe7 37. Qf3 {Unfortunately, it basically loses.} f5 38. h5 Nh6
39. hxg6 {If black plays hxg6, I am dead (-5.05)...} Ng4+ 40. Qxg4 fxg4 41.
Rxh7+ {Kf6 is good for black, anything else gives white the advantage.} Kg8 (
41... Kf6 42. Rxe7 R6xe7 43. f5 Re4 44. Bxe4 dxe4 {And the pawns fall.}) 42.
Rxe7 R6xe7 43. f5 Re4 44. Bxe4 dxe4 45. f6 g3+ 46. Ke2 Rf8 47. Bg5 Rc8 48. Ke3
Ra8 49. Bh6 1-0

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Post by kingsmasher1 on May 9th 2012, 12:57 pm

I know a lot of people who resign, or lose motivation, once they lose the rook, or even exchange it with a minor piece.

At the end, was a good game and you balanced it pretty well, but i think black was a good attacker. What was black's rating?

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Post by BorgQueen on May 9th 2012, 8:29 pm

ACF 1625 or thereabouts... and yes, I thought black was a good attacker too!

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