In the final rounds I managed 2/3, despite facing extremely unpleasant endgames in rounds 9 and 10, and an objectively losing position in the 11th.
In round 9, I completely misevaluated the IQP position, thinking that I had a strong attack. M... | Read More
Warning: Draws ahead
After starting with -1, I was anxious for another win. Unfortunately, my opponents just played too well (for me) and I would often have to scramble just to save the draw.
Round 5 was the first time I had played against t... | Read More
The Australian Open just concluded, and was won by GM Ni Hua with a phenomenal 10.5/11. My own score was a little more modest, but I'm still happy with my performance, finishing on 5.5/11 and a performance rating of 1950. The time controls were 90... | Read More
I recently finished playing in the Australian Junior Chess Championships; the tournament was won on 7.5/9 by FM Anton Smirnov, the only titled player in the event. The games were played at 90 mins/player/game with a 30-second increment.
This was ... | Read More
Last week I played in a one-day tournament, with time controls of 15 min/player/game. I was seeded 8th.
After relatively insipid results recently, mainly due to my tendency to accept early draws, I made sure I pushed for the win in every game.
A... | Read More
I recently played in an OTB tournament spanning two days, at 30min/player/game. I finished a somewhat disappointing equal eighth with eleven others (ninth on tiebreak) with a score of 7.5/11 (I was seeded fifth).
I lost to the top two seeds, drew... | Read More
After winning the intermediate interschools comp (the games were not as tough as expected so I won't be posting them) we entered a four-school playoff to select a NSW representative school in the national competition later this year.
The quality ... | Read More
After winning our division for the comp (Division 1), we played against the winners from other divisions. We beat our B Team 4-0 (Division 2 winners) and had a match today against the Div 3 winners.
We expected an easy win: they had scored only 3... | Read More
In a recent tournament (over 2 days) I came =2nd with 8.5/11, conceding a loss and three draws.
I scored 5/5 on the first day, the highlight of which was a major upset win over the top seed in Round 5.
I lost in Round Six, mainly due to som... | Read More
Just played Board 2 for our school's B team in a one-day teams tournament. We were playing in the Open Division, which meant lots of tough games. I scored 3.5/7 in total, but against strong players (i.e., >800 NSWJCL), I scored a not-so-impress... | Read More