Failing to Win a Won Game, Part 4

This is the second time that I have played Rebecca Herman in a small chess tournament in Colorado Springs. I won the first time because I caught and punished one of Rebecca’s mistakes. In this game she made a similar mistake to the one that I let her get away with the first time that I played her. Although I caught some of Rebecca’s mistakes in this game, I missed a critical idea in the endgame and that caused me to settle for a draw in a game that I could have won.

In the Herman family there are four chess players. The oldest one is the mom, Shirley. Daniel is the only boy who plays chess and he is the highest rated Herman. I don’t know if he is slightly older or slightly younger than Rebecca, but I think that he is older. The youngest chess player is Sara. Shirley often runs rated chess tournaments in her home, but I have yet to play in any of them due to transportation issues that I have.

Like in the previous round, this was the last chess game to finish. In both cases, I was disappointed with a draw because I thought that I was winning at some point in the game.

Mike Serovey


Author: Mike Serovey

Mike Serovey, MA, MISM is a USCF certified local chess tournament director, candidate master in correspondence chess and an avid chess player. Mike won the Under 1600 section of the state of Florida chess championship in 1986, won several Walter Muir sections and is currently ranked in the top 100 correspondence chess players in the USA.