It seems climbing the rating ladder is very much a 'one step forward, half a step back' affair. Since March I'd clawed my way up to a comparitively unimpressive 1276, but nevertheless was pleased with my small achievement as a novice, picking Chess back up again after more than a decade out. (I wasn't very good back then either). I don't really care for ratings like that, I just want to be better at Chess, to learn about it and to understand it.
Given some of the wins I've had this past month, I really thought I was flying.
But yesterday, I was sent hurtling back down to Earth by this:
I'm playing black, my rating 1276, opponent white @ 1336. It's my move. I decide to play Ng4xe3, to apply pressure to my opponent's Queen with my King's Knight.
I made the move, and immediately lost the game.
Two questions: Who can spot why? and how obvious is it to more dedicated players than myself? At the time I thought his move was well spotted, and cunning, but with hindsight, it looks pretty damn obvious I was running the gauntlet of mate in one.
So now I'm thinking of taking a step back, and challenging some 1100 players, but for the past month have stuck mostly to playing those better than me.