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Crossing into Class C

For the first time, I've crossed above the class C ratings threshold with my recent performance in the Chicago Class Championships "D" section. My rating increased from 1331 to 1418!

When I arrived at the Westin on Sunday morning, I was undefeated and in sole possession of first place. But, there were two rounds to go and, when you are winning, the swiss pairing system ensures you will face your toughest competition in the final rounds.

My fourth game was against Jeffrey Zhu, a seventh grader, who eventually earned top prize (and a new rating in the 1500's). Though TOGA II tells me I had a good game up to move 21, I played an unsound bishop takes pawn sacrifice on move 23 (yep, yep, I failed to review all checks, captures, and threats) and quickly succumbed as Jeffrey converted his material advantage into a win.

In the fifth and final round, I was paired against the only other player tied with Jeffrey for first place, Jason Drews. Jason played the Grunfeld as white, which I don't recall having faced before. But, being a Torre Attack player, I felt pretty comfortable with the ideas. Alas, Jason won a pawn with a Zwischenzug in-between move.

Interestingly, Jason made the choice to keep his king in the center. Because of that, I was able to open up the position with a pawn trade, infiltrate with my rook, and then threaten his king and pinned knight to earn a draw and save half a point.

If the future is kind, this will have been my last class D tournament.

Comments


  • 12 months ago

    Chessmo

    @clc_chess, thanks! I will stay disciplined and, yes, this will be A Long Road to Expert.

  • 12 months ago

    clc_chess

    yes larceny..in time, ur GM dream will come true!

  • 12 months ago

    Chessmo

    @cautions,

    Thanks! It has been a long road to break through the 1400 level, so I am very happy to get here.

    Kevin 

  • 12 months ago

    Chessmo

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for the feedback on the games. It was a fun tournament and congrats on the impressive first place!

    Kevin

  • 12 months ago

    Hi832

    in your game with jason, 23....a5, then Bb4 with Qc3 might've been considerable

  • 12 months ago

    Hi832

    edit: im going into 7th grade

  • 12 months ago

    Hi832

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  • 12 months ago

    Hi832

    the purpose of a6 is since i saw qf3 threatning to take on b5 if i push

  • 12 months ago

    cautions

    Nice games, Kevin and well done on breaking into Class C section! Keep this up and I'm sure you'll be an Expert before 2020 :)

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