Friday, August 19, 2005
Too Passive
I dont know what has happened to my game, but lately, I noticed it becoming more and more cautious. I mean, during my last few games, I would see interestingly sharp (to me) continuations, but declined making them out of fear that it will rebound. Like my latest game here. When I went ahead in material, I basically just consolidated and waited for my opponent to flail himself against me. Of course his "attack" did not succeed as I had material superiority, but for a few moves,I could have chosen several aggresive continuations (Crafty-recommended continuations too, I might add) but chose the safer lines instead. I think playing too many times against too strong opponents is starting to manifest its effects. I am really becoming afraid of losing. Even the opening I chose here. I could have gone for the sharper archangel variation, but opted for my trusty open defense to the ruy. Anyway, I won so I dont have anything really to complain about. Maybe I'm just not yet totally acclimated to the idea of just waiting for mistakes.

[Site "FICS"]
[White "NatIN (1714) "]
[Black "Nezha (1768)"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O b5 6. Bb3 Nxe4
7. Re1 d5 8. d3 Nf6 9. Nxe5 Nxe5 10. Rxe5+ Be6 11. Qe1 Be7 12. Rxe6 fxe6 13. Qxe6 Qd7 14. Qe5 Qd6 15. Qd4 c5 16. Qc3 c4 17. dxc4 dxc4 18. Qf3 O-O 19. Bf4 Qd8 20. Bxc4+ bxc4 21. Nc3 Qa5 22. Qc6 Kh8 23. Qxc4 Rac8 24. Qe6 Bb4 25. Be5 Rfe8 0-1

btw: Sorry, but I lack the energy to put this into one of them pretty java boxes.
posted by Nezha at 3:19 AM | Permalink |