Originally posted by greenpawn34
I'm glad for him. In my case I am totally out of OTB practise and am waiting
for my former skill to return without doing anything to encourage it. (laziness).
One of the lads who beat me was 1890, he had just won a tournament (for under1900)
and picked up the brillo prize as well. I do not think I have any right to suddenly re-appear
and ...[text shortened]... again and every now
and then amongst the disasters I'll produce a sparkler. (those I'll post!)
I have some games inspired by your all-or-nothing style. As you know from the years I've been here; I play the English with QGD transposition at times with absolute exclusivity.
It was a combination of a youngsters comment - your constant assertion of attacking chess for anything other than strong experts - and apprecitation of Mr. Morphy that spurred my jump into this new style.
I had just finished playing a 1750+ player and grinded out a draw from a lost position. A youngster (maybe 8?) Was next on the wall chart. He started off by curtiously telling me his name and shaking hands. He was very proper - a Paul Keres style excellent mannered young man.
He wiped his forehead as though wicking away sweat that wasn't there. He adjusted himself a bit in his chair and piped up - "I saw your games. I've watched you some. You're really good. " I smiled at him and replied with as much humility.as I could muster.
"Thank you. Sometimes it looks that way. I play, always with the intent of being creative. It's a lifelong search to create something beautiful. It's more art than game for me."
He changed his entire posture. His once relaxed, yet perfect posture turned to a very forced and rigid stature. He clearly was holding onto his discipline. He looked excited - shocked - dumbfounded perhaps. His next words shook me right to the core.
"But you play the Queens pawn games."
....and he was right. I've played a long time hoping to be a Rubenstein. Maybe it's time to try for a Morphy.
I call this game "Searching for youth"
It's a loss. But I smiled more than I have from any recent win.