Changed my match strategy to play for a win in every game. This sort of worked as I did get a lot of winning/better positions. Unfortunetely, it revealed my weaknesses in tactics and endgames. Worst of all was time pressure, which really messed me... | Read More
I played a lot of tournaments in the past few months. I got some delicious victories and also rather painful executions. Nontheless, they were experiences from which I learned a great deal.
From these games, I wanted to search f... | Read More
Canadian Open took place from July 13 to July 20. Eventually got 4/7 with 4 losses, 3 wins, and two draws.
Round 1: Miladin Djorkovic 2287
Basically a massacre from move 1. White blows his slight opening advantage by missing that critical shot... | Read More
Possibly the worst tournament of my entire life. I start the tournament with a healthy 1.5/2 and end up losing three games in a row. And they were all games I either should have drawn or won. Darn it! It sucks to lose to 1700 players espec... | Read More
This tournament took place from July 22-23 at a community centre in Ottawa, Canada. Time control was 90 min + 30 seconds. Eventually tied for first place with a score of 4/5. Many of these games are quite instructive.
Game 1: Stanley Wu... | Read More
The Ontario Youth Chess Championship took place between April 27-28. I always find that these provincal tournmanets have two types of players, "da experts" and "da nubes". Either you have the top players ranging 2000-2200 or the guys swimming at a... | Read More
So I participated in a recent tournament recently. The players pretty much alternate between really strong and really weak.
The first two rounds were pretty much just a mop up from something like move 6 on.
And I spe... | Read More
I'm an average 1700 strength player so games against titled players are something to be savoured. Even though these games were played in blitz time control, there were good lessons to be learned in each one.
I found out that for unpaid members,... | Read More
Came second in this rapid tournament so I'm guarenteed a palce for the 2013 Canadian Youth Chess Championship. Here are the games
Game 3: The Sicillian Nightmare
Game 4: Against le Troll. Guy was a genius at psychological tort... | Read More
Greed is bad in life and chess as I learned the hard way on a live chess.com game. The game I played was about equal until move 14 when I made the terrible decison to play f6. This allows white to gain control of all the active squares, le... | Read More