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My 5 Games at the Kidlington 35th Annual Chess Congress 2012!

At the weekend I attended a big OTB tournament, the biggest tournament I've ever played in! It was the 35th Annual Chess Congress 2012 in Kidlington, Oxfordshire, held on 4th+5th February at Exeter Hall.

There were 5 games to be played across the 2 days, 3 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday. The time control was 105 minutes on each clock for all moves, so 3 and a half hours per game!

On Saturday round 1 was at 9.30am-1pm, round 2 was at 2pm-5.30pm, round 3 was at 6.30pm-10pm, then on Sunday round 4 was at 9.30am-1pm and finally round 5 was at 2pm-5.30pm with prize giving after all the games were finished. Although I was well-prepared for this tournament, it was still as physically demanding as it was mentally exhausting.

There were 4 seperate sections according to ECF grades, the U225's (2450 FIDE), the U180's (2090 FIDE), the U145's (1810 FIDE) and the U120's (1610 FIDE). I played in the U120's section as before the tournament my grade was 110 (1530 FIDE), I personally thought I stood a good chance of a top 3 finish... here is what happened!! Smile

So I had a nice easy first round against a 75 ECF graded player, my plan was to quickly win my first game and then wake up properly and relax, preparing for a harder round 2 game.

Very pleased with this game! I have been having some good results with the black pieces and not only was this a win, it was a win against a higher-rated player (115 ECF) and my first upset of the tournament!

Another upset!! Beating another higher-rated player (114 ECF) over a very long and tiring game! This game went on for so long, I had about 20 minutes left on my clock and my opponent was down to about 3 minutes. This was definately my toughest win of my career so far, credit to my opponent he did fight hard, he even ended up finishing in 3rd place at the end of the tournament - his only loss was against me! This was also my favourite game of the tournament, by far the most exciting and tense game I've ever played!! Cool

So at the end of Saturday, I was tied =1st place on 3/3 with 4 other people, I had everything to play for on Sunday. I went home and had a good nights' sleep and was prepared for a very hard round 4 match.

So although I lost this game, I lost to a higher-rated player (119 ECF) and my opponent went on to finish 2nd place, so I lost to a better player and there's no shame in that. I tried my hardest, my main blunder was allowing the queen trade, I shouldn't have tried attacking I should have just defended and held out for a draw.

My chances of a prize, =3rd place, sharing the £75 prize and getting a trophy all rested on this last game. I faced another 110 ECF rated player, it was all to play for.

So after I blundered a rook, I managed to equalize, and I thought a draw and 3.5 points would be enough for =3rd place... but I misread the round 4 notice and there were already 3 people on 4 points... I needed to win this game, I didn't know that, or I would have played on and tried for a win...

So in the end I finished =4th place on 3.5 points with about 7 others, 1st place was a 119 ECF graded player who won 5/5 - the blind man who I lost to at Didcot only a few weeks ago, my only loss was to the man who finished 2nd place with 4.5 points, and the man who finished 3rd place with 4 points, his only loss was against me!! My opponent in round 5 walked away with a prize for highest scoring veteran also finishing on 3.5 points. So, 3/5 of my opponents left the tournament with a prize...

Despite not walking away with a prize, I walked away knowing I still had a good tournament, I caused 2 upsets, my tournament performance rating was 127 ECF (1666 FIDE) which was better than all the other people who finished =4th place aswell, meaning I had harder games to get my 3.5 points than anyone else who got 3.5 points! Cool

It was though, as an experience, an amazing weekend!! Not bad for someone who has only been playing chess properly as an adult for 1 year, I only had my first rated game just over 4 months ago... Smile

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks Ron! I played my first game for my County's U150 (1850 FIDE) team today... just gonna post it up now...

  • 2 years ago

    RonnieLewis

    Alround Sam I though you played well, a couple of moves I would not have made but hey! your rating puts me in my place, I enjoyed sharing your games, thanks. Smile

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

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  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    No I don't imagine that hardly any of the other players who were at the tournament would be doing what I do. Basically I love chess, in November 2009 I played my first game in 14yrs and my online rating was below 950... a month later I stopped again.

    1 year ago... I decided to start playing again, something was telling me to take it up properly, so for the last year I've been a chess fanatic, reading literature, began playing online loads constantly from July '11, joined a club in August, played my first rated game in September - all my rated games are in my various blog posts... my first tournament was in October, again check my blog, this was my second tournament as an adult...

    So no not many people publish their games online like me, but I'm doing it for 2 reasons, 1. I enjoy it and 2. it's a progress tracker - I am very keen to try and improve my game and win something big one day... I probably won't... but it's not going to stop me from trying and following a childhood dream!

    When I analyze my games, unless I specify otherwise, it is all my own analysis. Again this is a progress tracker, the more games I post, the more games I analyze... I can look back and find the flaws in my game, tell you my thoughts... in 10yrs time this is going to be some awesome reading material for me - I will be able to see how far I have come along in my game, and as for computer analysis - I am not a GrandMaster... I always publish my games with MY analysis before running it through a computer. I do this because it wouldn't be "my own work"...

    At Christmas I got a copy of Houdini 2.0 Aquarium, after analyzing them myself and annotating them, I do run my games through Houdini afterwards, and see what I missed! This is how I'm learning new ideas... this is a very good method of analyzing your games ask any GM or top player, I urge any improving player to analyze their own games by themselves... then once you think you have picked out the errors, if you have the facility to, run it through an engine and compare. Then you will genuinely see where you are going wrong. I'll never put computer lines in my analysis because then it's not my analysis, it will be Houdini's.

    I definately think I have a unique way of publishing my games, I like putting my games up for people to see along with my thoughts that I had during the game, and the days events, it gives a wider picture so you know what was going through my head or what was at stake... like I said, I don't put my games up here just for the sake of it, it's my personal progress tracker Cool

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

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  • 2 years ago

    RonnieLewis

    I hope to check them out the weekend, busy with work!!

  • 2 years ago

    jtt96

    Please keep posting these! They're very helpful!

    Do you know if any of the other players that you play do something similar to this? I would be interested to know what they thought of the same game.

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    We did meet lol. But yeah im sure wele play soon, id rather play you in a real game than frindly anyway, iv never been good in friendlies. When is your next one at the mo? Im at Golders green rapid this sat. Then hopefully Brighton next week.  Then maybe Doncaster one but doubt that. Defo next after Brighton will be Exeter on 2nd-4th March. Then Blackpool 9th-11th March.

  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    I dunno... can't remember tbh, I knew a win would guarantee a prize but hoped a draw would be enough. Next year, I'm gonna be rinsing the U145's! I won't be at a high enough level to win that section but I'm still going and trying my best - I've got the bug for tournaments now I can't wait until my next one! Hopefully we'll actually meet otb one day for real :)

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    But we spoke before the game saying how many people were on 4 and you knew you had to win to have chance of prize money lol. Did you forget during the game or something?  Im sure I had quick word with you while u was playing saying u gotta win mate ;)

  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yeah I know I thought I escaped with a draw on game 5... yes I should have played on hoping for another blunder, I genuinely thought I had =3rd place mate... or I would have just carried on - 3 or 3.5 points makes no difference, I would have went for the prize money. Lessons learned though for sure... thanks for looking over my games I'll look yours over when they're up! :)

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Good to hear your thoughts mate. But come on, you knew u needed to win that last game but said was impossible to win so thought draw was best lol. I would of played on if I was you. Your younger, good chance he could blunder. May as well be on 3.0 and gone for it than 3.5 and be 4th ;) 

     

    Im just doing mine now. But is so tough because I know Im going to be annotating on moves I have made without even giving much thought to. EG that queen move in my 1st game lol. Was crazy. But oh well. Mine Should be up tomoz. Oh and in one of your 3rd game I think it was 13.a4 by your opponent was to prevent you playing b5 and kicking hes knight off c4 once he played Nc4.

    And in that 3rd game he missed loads of wins at the end lol. But you did well to finish it off once he blundered a few times. Have you seen the lines in that game where he instead of taking your g pawn he could of pushed it on and it was over if he saw that..  

  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks Ori :)

  • 2 years ago

    ori0

    Good for you friend, keep up the good work! :)

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