ChessDojo Round Robin – Rd 1

My plan for 2020 was to play at least one tournament a month. Then along came COVID-19 and trashed any plans for serious OTB play for the foreseeable future. Fortunately, chess is a game well suited to play on the internet. I recently joined a group called ChessDojo on Discord which is an online community focused on chess improvement. I was able to join their recent round robin tournament with a time control of G/90+30 which is a really good time control for me. I feel like there is ample time to think without rushing so I should be able to work on undoing some of the bad habits too much blitz has instilled in me.

This was my first round game and unfortunately (or fortunately depending on how you look at it I guess) it ended rather abruptly on move 10.

Some takeaways from this game:
1.) Think more! There is plenty of time to consider moves, but I still rushed in a few places when I hadn’t reached a decision about the position and it could have gotten me an uncomfortable game.
2.) I need to setup a board when I play these games. I haven’t done that with my last couple training games either and I think I have a harder time with visualizing lines without the board.
3.) Don’t go for lines that I feel are bad without concrete calculation proving otherwise.

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