Self Inflicted Wounds (2)

“I no longer have any fear of pain because I’m the one inflicting it and can decide when it stops.”
Maude Julien, The Only Girl in the World

Last year we lost a vote chess game by misjudging the position. We all have such games where for some reason we get stuck believing we are better than we are. Being objective is not easy. Look at the position below and how the game continued ’till the end. We thought both our rooks were better placed and the bishop was better than the knight because of the pawn structure. One idea we discussed was to blow up White’s kingside pawn structure. It never happened:

That left a sour taste in our mouths. To make this even tougher to swallow we discovered the following after the game ended. It came from one of our leaders who initiates sort of a lessons learned discussion at the end of each vote chess game:
“Strange game. Almost no discussion on their side, and many players voting for bad moves, but their team as a whole plays with grandmaster-like precision. XX is the player who voted for 35.Ne5!!, but he didn’t bother to mention it in the Team comments. It’s only because he voted late in the turn that it won through as his team mates were voting for all kinds of nonsense.”

We got the rematch we wanted and the game went on without incidents until early in the middle game. I guess this time the nonsense voting on their side caught up with them because they crumbled quite fast. Was it because they beat us in the first game? Maybe it was because their good players were not able to contribute that frequently. It happens. The reality is their play got progressively worst and allowed us to pay them back:

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Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
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