Last Friday, I returned to the chess board for the first time in five weeks. And really, the gap is even longer than that. I had only played in a league match five weeks prior, and I hadn’t played in a tournament since Labor Day weekend in the beginning of September. Granted, this was also going to be a league match, but considering that I hadn’t really looked at chess myself at all in those five weeks, it counted. Studying for the SAT and school work, in general, had taken up too much of my time.
Going into this game, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Historically, I had always performed well after returning from an extended break, whether it was in one-off games or entire tournaments; the only caveat with that, however, is that I still studied chess on my own during those breaks. This time, I hadn’t prepared at all. Without further ado, let’s see what went down.
That was certainly a roller coaster of a game, and if I’m being honest, I consider myself lucky that I was able to come out of that game with a win. My play, in the beginning, was uncharacteristically rusty, especially for the opening stage. Yet, Black missed the most crucial moves in the critical positions, allowing me to hang in there until I was able to break through in the late middlegame. After solidifying the queenside and getting my major pieces behind the passed pawns, it was all but over, and I could finally breathe a sigh of relief.
I had a quick turnaround with an NVA Chess League match on Sunday, and with some luck in that game as well, I was able to win that, too. Perhaps I will show that game in a later post.
I’m not sure what my next chess event is from here. Typically, I would play in the Northern Virginia Open in the first weekend of November, but due to conflicts with a school program, I am not able to play in that. However, one thing I do know is that I have to resume studying chess on my own time in order to avoid the horrific scene that was the first half of this game.
Good luck in your future games, and, as always, thanks for reading! I’ll see you next time.