How to prepare to the game (mentally) & Time management Placket-Sadler, 1998/99

Posted: 9/20/2004
By: Sadler

I have to say that before this game, I became incredibly nervous: if there is one thing I should have learnt by now, it is that in order to win a game, particularly against someone you really feel you should beat, it is necessary not to think about winning. Thinking about the end robs you of the will to concentrate on the means: you don't want to calculate, you get impatient, the slightest flaw in your plan gets you angry and annoyed and liable to force the pace recklessly.

This game is a good example of what can happen - a bad attitude, coupled with my opponent's good play, and suddenly my tournament lurches toward disaster.


1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ Bd7 4.Bxd7+ Nxd7 5.0-0 e6 6.b3 Ngf6 7.Qe2 Be7 8.Bb2 0-0 9.c4 a6 10.d4 cxd4 11.Nxd4