Thoughts from someone who still can't quite believe that he talks about chess for a living
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Washington International Round 6 - Recovery
After playing too aggressively through a difficult 1/5, I made sure to relax for the 6th game. Against NM Busygin, I managed to finally keep my head in the face of an attack. He over-pressed with g4, a move he had been setting up for a long time. Fortunately, after the tactics died down, material was even, but I had the more centralized king and a passed pawn. White quickly fell apart in the endgame and I scored my first win of the tournament.
Summary: Finally, a win!
Lessons I should have learned: I play better when not making unnecessary attacking moves. I managed to remember this for about one more game.