After my last loss, I logged-in to FICS hoping to get some revenge. But - all the players I challenged declined (I think they prefer blitz or something). So anyway, whats a guy to do? I really wanted to play, so I was forced to accept a seek from a 1603 player. The result of which is this game:
My opponent played some horrible opening mistakes here. It almost seemed like he was inviting me to attack. Too bad I am a DLM graduate. I have solved quite a few positions involving the tactical motiff of the hanging bishop - so I found that move instanteaneausly. I think anyone who have ever gone thru CTArt would instantly recognize the silent sacrifice I used.
Ok, I admit - playing games against weaker opponents is really bad for my game. I am not forced to think. I become lax in my OTB discipline. But still, the aesthetic satisfaction when I make a sacrifice is very good. I mean, competition wise, I probably shouldnt rejoice too much beating someone 150 points lower- but it feels good just the same.. I'm sooo shallow.. hehe..
I browsed the CTServer the other day, and know what I found? - there were some guys there who have over 20,000 tries. Wow! That guy must *really* want to become a better tactician. The othe thing I noticed is that at my current level, the motiffs are very easy. Like a simple pin, or fork. Its just that my recognition of this takes some time. Im hoping that solving problems there will help me speedup my pattern recognition.