My goal should be to get better at chess, everything else will follow.
Instead of dealing with one bad event, I made matters worse for myself by acting like a crazed gambler trying to win his money(rating points) back.
I participated in not one, but two events that I normally would never have taken part in. (I don't usually compete in regular rated events with a time control faster than G/90)
The first was a G/30 event and the other was a G/60 event. It was especailly idiotic of me to compete in the second one. I worked the graveyard shift Friday (First time working graveyard) from 11pm to 7am then travelled an hour to play in a one day 4 round G/60 event. Came back Saturday and went back to work.
The end result is that in 3 events I have gone from 1942-1871.
The Job Situation
The main reason I have not been able to play is becuase of my job situation
I have not been able to find work as a middle school math teacher, So I have been working multiple part-time jobs.
Needless to say there simply is no time to play, especially since I have to work w-ends
If anyone out there hears of any Middle-School math openings, please let me know.
I am also seriously thinking of going in to nursing.
With the time I do get I have been studing tactics, playing blitz on FICS and working on a more fighting response to d4. (Instead of the Smyslov Slav)
Last Friday I took part the inaugural G15 Bayfront 'Championship', and tied for first. (2.5/3.0)
The event was held at the Tango Tea Room
Me and Christian Leos tied for 1st with 2.5/3.0
White to play. (I am playing Black)This was the rather unusual position from the last round draw. I had 17 seconds (but with 5 sec. delay) and Christian had a lot more time. Since his 2 passers are a lot more advanced, I was pretty sure I was going to lose, but it looks like my star on c4 keeps things balanced.
Does anyone know what ChessLoser is up to?