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My "Slowest" Tourney, Day 1

Thanks for all the advice and well-wishes going into my first 30/90, G/60 tournament. I brought a CD player but never found occasion to use it--there were too many exciting things happening on my board and around me! The first games went well. Smile

Round 1: USCF 600 vs likesforests

Ironically, I faced a student I'm coaching in round 1.


Round 2: likesforests vs USCF 1600

In round 2 I faced the highest-rated player in the tournament.

Comments


  • 5 years ago

    likesforests

    draco_alpine > I thought they were really good games, I love the french but your students theory was a bit lax on it.

    She normally opens d4 and plays a Colle. Unfortunately, I taught her everything she knows about it, so she tried something different. If she wanted to avoid theory at all costs, b4 or g4 would've been interesting alternatives!

    draco_alpine > I really hate 4 vs 3 pawns and rook endgames i seem to draw everyone congratulations on the play!

    Thanks! The win just required a little patience, especially since I entered the endgame with my rook in a better position. Smile

  • 5 years ago

    draco_alpine

    I thought they were really good games, I love the french but your students theory was a bit lax on it.

    I noticed 16)... Bxc3 17) Bxc3 Bb5! wait Qxc3 my bad

    I really hate 4 vs 3 pawns and rook endgames i seem to draw everyone congratulations on the play!

  • 5 years ago

    likesforests

    Thanks, hiectunc. I had a good night's sleep.

    I'm simulataneously optimistic (having taken out the top seed) and worried (my future opponents will also have two wins).

    > PS : in the 1st game, I noticed 26...e5 en passant

    I immediately saw the possibility 26...e5 27.h5 exf4 28.hxg6 but decided not to calculate further as it introduced complications and I was a R+P up. Dagnabbit, if I had looked at 27...Rxf4 I would've played it. Gotta not be so lazy today. Embarassed

  • 5 years ago

    hicetnunc

    Congratulations on this very strong start !

    Now the challenge is to keep your focus and not drift into overoptimism Smile

    Good luck for the remaining games.

    And don't forget to have good sleep ! Smile

    PS : in the 1st game, I noticed 26...e5 en passant

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