|With 5 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses I clinched 5th place at the World Open 2008.|
It was satisfying. I do not suck at chess. I played Russians, Chinese, Americans, and an Indian... older folks with experience on their side, younger folks with sharp wits, and one coached by NM Dan Heisman. I held my own.
|Being in Philadelphia for the 4th of July with blunderprone, chessloser, Ivan, and Shelly (superknight42) rocked. They're wonderful.|
But I was already brooding as I rode the shuttle back to the airport. I played every ending correctly. But I didn't take 4th because of a psychological error. And I didn't take 3rd due to tactical mistakes. And I didn't take 1st or 2nd because those players knew their openings.
The cycle begins anew. I will train away my weaknesses, and next time my opponents will have twice as much reason to fear me.
[ Note: Thanks to everyone who wished me luck. The confidence I gained from those encouragements really helped, especially after the first loss. :) ]