And so we become what we hate.
Shortly after I hit Reassembler’s pause button, I played at the New England Open. Performance rating 2199, 2 points out of 5 games in the Open section.
But I soiled myself with moves like this: Slater – MacIntyre (2325) 1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 0-0 5.Nf3 d6 6.Be2 Nbd7 7.0-0 e5 8.dxe5.
After the game I apologized to Paul for playing dxe5. As I explained to Denys Shmelov, it’s not that I’m trying to draw; it’s that after decades of sacrificial nonsense and unwarranted aggression, I’m trying to understand clarity and simplicity (a subject beaten to death already on this blog).
In this style I drew IM Foygel and NM Hal Terrie, perhaps with a small advantage in each final position.
My only excuse is that I won’t keep doing this forever. In a year or so I have to try to synthesize this stuff with tactical play (right now it seems like I can only toggle from one mode to the other; I overlook incredibly obvious shots when I try to play positionally.)