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Near-Miss

Yesterday was round 8 in Biel. Here's a shot of the playing hall:

 

The stage has the Elite Section of six, and the huge video screen broadcasts their boards. The other sections play in the long rows of tables.

 

Even though the rest day was only two rounds ago, it seems a distant memory. Hanging out with the other American players, there is constant talk of chess chess chess. Also, I have not prepared for my chess games this much in a loooooong time, so it's an unusual feeling. Study, study, study. It's fun, it's tiring, it's weird...

Funny thing, 20 minutes before the round, e.g. 5 minutes before I should leave my room, I quickly checked what my opponent plays as white against the King's Indian Defense, and found that he had several times played the exact line that I had been planning to play. Oooops! Should have checked that sooner. So I decided in the last five minutes to play a different line, but somehow I could only find one game in the database with it, which made me wonder if it was even a line?? I did not feel very confident with this prep, and then when the game started, the King's Indian came, and I played the line, and he blitzed out his answers, showing that it was a variation that he had studied. So I lost at least half an hour compared to him in the opening, getting into the game and being careful to understand what was going on.

Nevertheless, I would say he made his decisions kind of flippantly, and without much calculation, and I had the upper hand all game. In fact I spent several hours sure I was going to win, and when he played Nf3 and I suddenly realized the game was a draw, I was mightily disappointed. Here is the game, it should be enjoyable to you:

 

 

Meanwhile, in the Elite Section there was a rarity: an all-decisive day. I was very sad to see Vachier lose to Morozevich. Caruana ground down Pelletier who has made a good showing against the high-rated opposition thus far. And Carlsen has completely gotten over his loss against Vachier from a couple days ago, winning confidently with black against Shirov. They use "football scoring" of 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw. Morozevich is still mathematically within easy reach to catch him (16 v. 13), but Carlsen is in such form, I am pretty sure he will take the tournament.

Now it is Wednesday morning, and later today I'll be trying to reverse my slide with the black pieces against Spanish GM Alsina Leal.

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Comments


  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks, Greg!

  • 3 years ago

    gregj101

    Too bad you ended up with a draw Dave. You playedaggressively at the end, thinking of moves that wouldve totally flew over my mortal mentality.

  • 3 years ago

    gregj101

    Hey appreciate the analysis even if most of it is over my dome lol

  • 3 years ago

    karangtarunasemarang

    thanks....

  • 3 years ago

    markronilodevera

    nice artik0l

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    And continue to play some high level chess! 

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yep, i need to continue my life as before :)

  • 3 years ago

    Andre_Harding

    Congrats on the 3rd norm, GM-elect David Pruess! You know what you need to do now...even if it means putting some chess.com business on hold for a little while.

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    no, you have to have a fide rating of 2500 to be a gm, and i'm ever so far from that level.

  • 3 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Doesnt final GM norm Mean your a Gm now?

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    nope!

  • 3 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    So, are you a GM now? 

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    cooking some pasta right now. food is fine. i won in round 10 but i don't have time to post the games, i'll catch up on the last couple games after the tourney is over.

  • 3 years ago

    Kinn72

    Sounds like you are doing OK. How about the food gathering situation?

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    yeah. same goes for yesterday's round 9, in which i missed one good opportunity. hopefully today i'll be stronger. i have a secret plan to hopefully make that happen.

  • 3 years ago

    hallo1

    sad. to bad you didn't win :( 

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    Bok is coming up today.

  • 3 years ago

    jhb701

    Did you already play Bok or is that next?

  • 3 years ago

    IM dpruess

    thanks :)

  • 3 years ago

    RookedOnChess

    David, I'm clueless here, but want to wish you and Shanky good luck with whatever comes next :) Enjoy!

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