Losing three games in a row is sometimes referred to jokingly as castling queenside. Don't feel obliged to play through these games. I am forcing myself to post them because one should not only record glorious victories but ignominious defeats as well. In theory one should learn from them. Exactly what I am supposed to learn is not entirely clear to me right now. Anyway....
Round 5I was let back in the saddle against Zambia after recovering from the Flu as they are not considered too dangerous. My young opponent did not seem that threatening and I quickly built up a large advantage with a nice pawn sac. 33Nc5 or 34Nc5 or 35Nc5 would have finished the game nicely but I drifted a bit, got into increment territory and eventually lost. Oh well...
I was allowed to play again in the hope that I would break the drought. I completely misplayed the opening not knowing what to do with my pieces and then walked into a mate near the time control. Didn't really get a look in.
My Captain felt that I would eventually show some form but this game .... what can you say when you get mated in 23 moves? I think I will get rested tomorrow. I seem to be a bit punch drunk.
Don't shed too many tears for me my friends, I have had terrible results before and have always bounced back. If I had one wish it would be that it had not occurred in a teams event.
Thanks for watching,