Originally posted by greenpawn34
.....how nervous I suddenly was.
Remeber how you felt before an exam, well multiply that by 10.
I later learned it was the adrenaline.
When I ever played OTB and never got a an adrenaline hit,
I knew I was going to play a bad game.
You said it! That's the fun of it right there! It's nerve racking and fun at the same time. And there's no coaching, no opening books, and no engines! ha!
It's even more fun if you're in the hunt for one of the prizes.
But to answer the question, the most surprising thing I found was how serious everybody took the game. There was plenty of joking and fun in the skittles but once the clock starts ticking there's no screwing around.
The next best thing is the post-game analysis. I don't look at my games here and on blitz that carefully but my OTB games I keep and annotate thoroughly, regardless of the result. They really stick in your memory.