I have discovered that playing chess almost constantly for two months can be pretty demanding. My busy fall schedule was finished with the Norwegian league early this November. For me, it became a complete disaster, as I could feel I didn’t have my normal amount of energy. In the last round of the weekend, I was playing the experienced GM Djurhuus. At first, I was playing very well, and outplayed him – but then I started slipping. To make a short story short: I went from a winning position to a losing one in three half moves. First I let the win slip, and then the draw on the very next move. It was a devastating loss, but at the same time a good motivator for December! I’ll be back in the Tata Steel group B!
While in Cap d’Agde, I talked to John Watson for the better half of an hour. This interview has now been made public at Chess.FM – ICC’s internet radio. I also commented on my recent win against Ivanchuk, so I recommend everyone to take a look! I sincerely hope it will be worth your time 🙂 And I’d love to get some feedback – leave a comment here, send me a mail, or find me on ICC!
And for fellow Norwegianers (or anyone who can identify with these issues – even though it is pitch dark at 4 pm, even though it’s freezing cold – even though exams are coming up (for some of you at least!) – keep in mind: At depressing times, there are still highlights! Magnus will soon be playing in London – the best days in winter are the ones spent inside! Haha, winter wishes to everyone!