I have been on a massive losing streak lately. I lost the last tournament I entered, not even placing in the money, and on all of the websites I play chess on I have been shedding ELO points so gratuitously that I should probably have some kind of tangible excuse such as illness: I don’t. Case in point, the following game is one of the most embarrassing loses I have suffered in months. After coming out of the opening with a clear advantage, a number of slow moves on my opponent’s part allowed me to double rooks on the seventh and quickly go into a won ending. How then did I manage to lose such a simple clean up operation? By trying to hold on to everything. One of the things I have been trying to work on lately is the concept that you have to give a little to get a little in the game of chess, and that sometimes trying to conservatively escape into your turtle shell in a won ending is a surefire way to lose your advantages.
It pains me to admit that I actually made the move 27.Kg3, but perhaps looking at the analysis and articulating my mistakes will allow me to extract some kernel of truth from this loss. Kudos to my opponent who demonstrated great fighting spirit in the end and fought back from a lost position to find a nice winning idea.