I know it's quite late to post about Canada Cup, but I feel an obligation to finish some of the players left on the list. I won't be doing Bas or Mago since I don't remember what it is I want to write. It's been way too long for me to remember.
Kineda (Terry) had some great advice for me while at Canada Cup. However, it didn't come from him. He said it had come from other top players. Although he didn't mention their names I was able to bug him about what they had said about me.
Terry said, "You don't have X-Factor."
I said, "Who says that?"
He replied, "Don't worry about it."
I looked at him puzzled saying, "It's okay just tell me. You can trust me."
Terry replied, "Well, the other top players said you don't have X-Factor."
"X-Factor," I asked. "What does that mean?"
Terry went on to explain, "Alex Valle has X-Factor, Daigo has X-Factor, but you don't."
"I see," I said with still no understanding from what he had just explained.
From the time Terry said that to me til now, I've got an idea on what it means (somewhat). My thoughts were that I try to play too solid. That wasn't the case when I played Tokido. I had ruled that out.
What about that I don't play solid at all? I don't think that's it either because I try my best to be calm, collected, and solid during intense situations. I think I know just what it is.
I don't clutch out most situations. As people may know, Justin and Daigo (and other strong players) have had their moments clutching out a win. I, on the other hand, haven't done much of that yet. I plan to though.
And what I mean by that I plan to is that if needed I will force myself to make that comeback. I'll put myself in situations where a comeback is needed.
Now this doesn't mean that I haven't been doing so all along. I have, but it's just hard to constantly put yourself in situations where you need to clutch out a win if you don't travel to many events/tournaments.
With that being said, I will continue to work on this. It's like what Nekohashi said about me. I'm not tough when the moment is needed. I need to able to clutch out important moments of a match. The moments where it counts the most.
What do you guys think Kineda (Terry) meant about X-Factor? What do you think of my interpretation? Leave a comment below and tell me what you think. :)