Alright, I went to the Eastern Class Chanpionship this weekend and had less than stellar results. I was playing at the bottom of the class B section and really didn't expect a whole lot in the first place. I did manage to scalp someone who was 130 higher and I managed to swindle a drawfrom another 100 plus rated player. Other than that ... I lost. Two of those losses were because I was attempting "cowboy" moves ( Improperly calculated tactical shots) when I "should have" played more conservative and positional.
This brings me to my epiphany I had this weekend. The games I typically play tend to be positional battles. One guy was telling me that I should try to play tactical open games to make use of the "training" ( and he was ready to sell me 100 bucks worth of books to me) but after some consultation with others, I realized that I AM A POSITIONAL PLAYER. I *found* my "style" this weekend.
The games I played had me coming out of the opening rather well and even had some play in the middlegame that actually was making sense. I even played into an Isolated Queen Pawn position and actually remembered what to do! I turned development advantages into material pawn advantages and figured how to block in my oponent's Bishops off. Where I went wrong was when I would get ahead of myself and think I see a tactical shot. Both times I did this, I calculated into uncertainty. Had I had my brain with me, the red flag would have gone off and told me not to play it... maybe losing a few rating points will help me do less "cowboying"
So, overall, I will continue the tactical training as prescribed... because I will still have those tactical possibilities eventually in some of my "positional" games. But for now, I will beef up the stategy and positional training. Plus, I want to play sharper lines of the openings I play. End games will also be thrown into my mix.
I'll keep you all posted.