Hi everyone, just wondering if anyone else has experienced this. I should say at the outset that I am not a good chess player, but I enjoy the game and have had many happy hours on this amazing site.
A few days ago, I played this game:
Now, I was not happy with the mistakes I made (9. Qg5 dropping a pawn, allowing 17... Ndf3+ dropping another one, then finally hanging my knight on h3). As far as the knight hang is concerned, all I saw was that f2 was attacked, and somehow just had a complete blindspot as regards the knight and black's bishop on c8.
However, I wasn't feeling well when I played this game, and put it down to being under the weather generally.
Just now though, I played this one:
Numerous mistakes that put me down a rook for a pawn, before the final straw 23. ...Nd7 ?????????
Following 23. Qb1, I just saw that b8 was attacked, and completely missed the fact that my queen on a2 was hanging as well.
It's a long time since I've made a blunder of this magnitude in a long time control classical game; what's even more worrying is that I was spending a good amount of time on my moves; it's not like I was playing a 60+30 game but just blitzing moves out.
How did I miss the hanging queen??? I just can't get my head around what's happening with me; two terrible games, and really unhappy with myself. Feel like just giving up chess; why am I even bothering?
Has anyone else experienced this, where you just suddenly start making catastrophic blunders in games for no apparent reason, and just missing completely obvious things? What did you do about it? Any advice?
Many thanks for any help you can offer.