Before my most recent chess training period (starting with the establishment of this blog), I had relatively little notion of the importance of active piece play. Starting on move 9, by which point Black had more than equalized, I pass up several chances to improve my piece activity and create multiple threats. I like to think that now I would recognize at least some of the better candidate moves, given a better understanding of the importance of piece play and how to widen the move selection process.
In the end, the draw wasn't a bad result, but it illustrates another psychological trap - for Class players especially - which is to settle for a result that is less than the position merits, either through mis-evaluating the position or from lack of a winning desire. In the long run, for the improving player I believe that realizing potential wins is just as important as avoiding losses.