Introductions & a lesson in losing endgames
Welcome to my chess journey
Recently I got pulled back into the chess rabbit-hole in a way I never would have imagined and something I've never been particularly strong at is self-analyzing games. My intent is to use this blog as a sort of accountability and documentation tool to encourage better analysis of my games and track my progress over time. Maybe someone else will even find it useful 🤷🏻♂️.
Perfecting the art of losing a won game
This morning I had a game that particularly resonated with me. I know that endgames are not my strong suit, but in this game I correctly identified what I needed to do, then promptly got caught off guard by my opponent's move (31. ... Bg3) and missed Rf4 to continue holding my winning position.
10+0 Online Rapid
What should have happened
If I hadn't been thrown off so much by the bishop move, I might have found:
Areas for improvement
- Spend more time analyzing a position after my opponent makes a surprising move
- Consider opponent's options more before making moves like 11. Bh6