My how the mighty have fallen. My goal to exceed the 1700 threshold was reached at the world open when I peaked to 1737. My goal to sustain the 1700's for more than a month was shattered this month at the club with a four game losing streak.
The good news is that almost everyone I played was higher rated except for the kid tonight. In all my games I reached a comfortable position out of the opening. One game I lost because I didn't see a stronger, more forcing move in an even position. Had I done that, I would have had a chance to win. Another I dropped a pawn in the middle game but blew my drawn R+P end game because I failed to exchange rooks ( forced) at the wrong time. Another, I managed to get a strong attack in the center...but failed to take into account King safety.
Tonight, after I meticulously reviewed my previous gaffs and challenged myself on not making the same mistakes with the previous games registered in my data base, I still messed up a perfectly good game. I had the opening won, noted with advanced development and complete control of the center. My opponent got greedy with a b-pawn grab with the queen while I used my bishops like boa AFTER getting my king to safety mind you ( I learned that). BUT I failed to underestimate my opponent's counter play as I tightened the noose on his queen. The exchange netted him 2 pieces and a rook for a queen... I totally misplayed it and after the dust settled he was developed and suckered a bishop off me.
Next month, as planned, I will still play up in the top section. Back when I was stuck in the lower mid section, I found it hard to advance because of the kids. Now that I am in the upper mid section, I am running into the same issues. I gained ground when I first did the leap of faith. Playing stronger opponent's has its merits if you don't mind losing. I'm used to it... it sucks but I try to look at it philosophically and the big picture perspective.
My game is improving, just not as good as the kids. It's tough keep up with those rascals. Some tournaments you're on a roll...others, well... sometimes the cat just pisses all over your stuff.