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The Art of Excuses

The Grandfather of the chess wisdom Saviely Tartakower once wished that he would be able to win a game against a totally healthy man. It appeared that anytime he had won one (which he actually did quite regularly) his opponents appeared to be suffering of something.
After four rounds of the Cork Chess Congress I was in the Excuse-Search-Mode. Desperately. I have just lost a game against Simon Williams, an endgame a pawn down but with opposite colored bishops on the board. It was one of those positions which one considers easy to hold when looking outside the board, and devilishly unpleasant to defend over the board. Taking into an account the draw that I made in the previous round the chances of a price seemed already gone.
Well, I thought, my headaches are good excuses. Right, but they are something which I always have throughout the tournaments. And it did not prevent me from winning an important game at the last Cork Congress.
I’ve been rusty, did not play for a long time? True, but this happens to everyone. Have a look at Alex (Baburin) who plays very seldom at the Irish events and is a whole point ahead of you.
Then, you know, the toe of my right leg aches. I even went to the Doctor for that.
You know what, I said to myself, if we continue this way I might end up with a recommendation of head amputation for stupidity.
Let me try first to win my two remaining games and think again about the excuses then.
It actually appeared not that bad as I managed to win both of them:

The top board that day finished a draw. Alex Baburin was half a point behind Simon Williams and everyone was surprised seeing him call it a day in a playable position with good chances for an advantage. The Englishman won the tournament, Baburin came second, I took third.
However, I was most proud of Michael Bradley, who scored 5/6 at the major tournament to share the second place! Fionn O'Neil won this section, and Padraig Sheehy won the minor section with 6/6.

Comments


  • 6 days ago

    Stephenson2

    Excuses are like A--holes everyone has one,

  • 15 months ago

    GM dbojkov

    Yep, that is him- a nice and humble gentleman.

  • 15 months ago

    tygan

    Is Collins. S. Sam Collins?

  • 16 months ago

    GM dbojkov

    It's not even linguistic mistake, but a technical one. Thanks for the correction again!

  • 16 months ago

    ghillan

    No problem.. i deleted the quote. ;-)

     

    People should be less picky and have less fun about language mistakes. Not everybody are native English.

  • 16 months ago

    Simone070792

    It's from the comment my MrMars.

  • 16 months ago

    GM dbojkov

    I took third, I've no idea where this fist came from...

    Thanks for the correction, really embarassing...

  • 16 months ago

    ghillan

    it was also my first guess, but its not since since "the englishman won"

  • 16 months ago

    DENVERHIGH

                      I THOUGHT HE MISPELLED AND MEANT:

                                        "FIRST"

  • 16 months ago

    ghillan

    [COMMENT DELETED]
  • 16 months ago

    GM dbojkov

    I did not get your comment, Mr king_hunter?

  • 16 months ago

    the_king_hunter1

    ouch. taking a fist must hurt. whose did you take?

  • 16 months ago

    LimpSpider

    fist?

  • 16 months ago

    DENVERHIGH

    Congratulations!
    As far as your toe, sound like you had a bout with GOUT!
    Watch out what you consume before entering a chess tournament.
  • 16 months ago

    GM dbojkov

    Third. Read the blog till the end ;)

  • 16 months ago

    MrMars

    you took fist?

  • 16 months ago

    -_KNiGHt_-

    This is a cool article.  You had the funniest line so far on chess.com with your quote: "You know what, I said to myself, if we continue this way I might end up with a recommendation of head amputation for stupidity."

  • 16 months ago

    keeganomahoney

    Another successful Cork Congress, glad Dejan could make it :)

  • 16 months ago

    StevieBlues

    I like this. Nice game btw

  • 16 months ago

    Simone070792

    Personally I think there are loads of recognition episodes in there, and I totally agree with the decapitation-for-stupidity notion. Also thanks for sharing an instructive Chigorin Ruy Lopez! :-)

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