Re: KingsBlade - Live 5 Grand Prix [7:48]
You played really, really good in that game. While I was watching I would have played the same moves you did, especially in the opening (don't know if that is a good or a bad sign
) but I would have found them a lot faster. You played well until you got into time trouble. Then you started to miss easy things. Your way of thinking is definitely good. Maybe you should try out slower time controls. I only started playing blitz when I was rated 1500. (not to long ago, maybe six months) Try playing 7 minutes, or with an increment and play a lot games. I remember when I started playing 5 min blitz I would just drop pieces simply because I didn't have enough time to calculate and see the position. Since then I have played 1000 online blitz games and slowly started bringing down the time control which really helped. My point is if that if you try making moves just to not flag it won't really help to improve your chess because your not really thinking about the position. But you should also not take it to easy and still force yourself to move faster (but do it slowly and take a step at a time)
Another thing is that you talk an awful lot during the game. Try talking when it's your opponents move and be more direct. For example during 00:20 and 00:53 things went as follow:
You immediately spotted that you had to bring your light squared bishop out which is a good thing.
Then your intuition said that c4 is not a good square to put your bishop (you did spend 10 seconds just trying to say that)
Then you started calculating for 5 seconds and saw the Noah's ark pattern.
You knew that d3 was not a good square for the bishop.
So in retrospect you could have been quit a bit faster with Be2.
My point is basically that you took up 23 seconds of your time trying to explain one thing. If you would have been more to the point you could have taken 5 seconds to say the same thing and play the same move. Believe me, others who are watching the video are not just watching but automatically thinking. We will understand what you are trying to say because we are playing the game to just like you. Surely you recognize this when watching live videos by Josh, Zibbit or Curtains.
And now about the game:
You could have went d4 instead of 0-0 to stop Nd4. The whole Nd4, d4, control over that d4 square is a common theme in the GP.
at 4:37 exf6 is winning because after you take the knight you have a double attack (an important tactical idea) And Rxf3 should otherwise be preferred because it allows your kingside attack to start rollin' faster.
After Qc6 you started getting afraid of ghosts and moved your queen out of the way. But in fact black does not have a threat and you should have just played aggressive with f5 and try getting an attack.