Don't appologise for posting anything. It's what the forum is for.
First a wee mumble.
One should never really delve or read to much into blitz play.
It's fun and should be treated as such. If I'm totally lost over the board
but my opponent is so short of time he will not mate me I often as not
resign. (cept on my rare dabbles with bullet chess when you just do not
have any time to consider anything).
Here Black was strolling along with a piece up won game,
then got all confused with White's active play, dropped piece and lost.
Such a common occurance in blitz it's often best to sac a piece for activity
because active threats plus the short time control always favour the attacker.
"Right off the bat I missed 11. Qxe5."
Don't kick yourself for that.
But be alert to the move you actually played which lost you the piece.
You missed the backward Knight move. 11....Ne5xd7.
It's a pity in a way you won this because you did not feel the burn.
Books, DVD's and other players can tell all the time to look out for these things.
But it does not sink in until it actually happens to you.
Remember Your Russian proverbs:
"There are two types of chess player in this world:
Those that have been back rank mated and those that are going
to be back rank mated."
Not much else to say about the posted game.
I would have castled as White much earlier, intead of Qd3 which is OK i guess.
But the open e-file I would have found more tempting and it
always a good ploy to get his Nibs tucked up and out of the way in Blitz.
White cruised though the Rook ending under time pressure which is a
good sign. I've seen them botched in TT (guilty). That was good.
The progress may appear to be happening slowly but it's not.
You are an adult who has other things to do beside play chess.
(this is the main reason why kids improve so quickly).
You just have to allow it all to fall into place and that comes with playing,
playing and then playing some more.
I've watched (and coached) 100's of students who went onto to become
good players (FM Ruxton included). Some leap right up there, other do it
As long as you are aware that your age and time allowed is against you
for a rapid leap into the stars so do not get frustrated - it will happen.
10 puzzles a day.
If that is the target you have set yourself then do it.
All depends what standard they are. If you do some of these ball breakers
they can knack you out. (and in some cases undermine your confidence).
Finally, if you feel a wee bit worried about posting only wins do this.
Stay in the 1400 section and pick games at random and play them through,
very soon you will see a missed solid tactcal shot.
(not a trap but a 100% kapow! that was missed).
Spot it and post it. Much more beneficial in my opinion than solving
'tap on the shoulder' positions when YOU KNOW there is something on.
Here you have to smell there is something on, spot it and solve it.
It's also good fun. If you find a hilarious blunder post that too.