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First USCF Victory


  • 5 years ago · Quote · #1

    Isaiamov

    This is a game that has had me glowing for the past few days.

    I joined the USCF in January. I had improved a lot in 2009, and it seemed about time to become an "official" member of the chess community. Currently, the club here in Springfield MO is having a City Championship tournament, my first oppurtunity to score some rated games. Rounds 1-3 were a little disappointing. I had lost the first two against 1600+ players, and I drew against a 1504 in round three.

    This Saturday we were to have a special session of the tournament, 3 rounds in one day. I ended up missing it because I showed up at 7:00PM... the time of our Friday meetings (Saturday meetings start earlier in the day... Doh!). Luckily, the tournament director was still in the building and challenged me to a rated game.

    I didn't feel optimistic when I sat down to this game. My opponent is currently leading the tournament and has a 1800+ rating. Still, I figured that it would be a learning experience, and I thought that perhaps if I played tight, I could at least earn some respect... I think the key to this victory was that I caught him off gaurd. During the opening, he would get up and fiddle with some of his papers... he even had a phone conversation... all while his clock was ticking! He didn't really start paying attention to the game until after I had built a substantial advantage.

     

    Here, I quit recording because I was in time trouble. I had about 3min on the clock and he had about 30min. Against a stronger player, I had made it a point to take my time with each move... At this point, the game had become very exciting for me. A win is on the board, but with so little time on my clock, I was unsure if I would be force to except a draw or if I would eventually lose on time. After a couple of near triple repetitions, we had reached the following position with black to move.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #2

    odessian

    Good Job buddy, you played very well and overplayed your opponent. Play more games, work on your chess and you will be an expert in no time 

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #3

    dazbedford

    Good result

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #4

    farine22

    27. Nxb5+ wins the queen

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #6

    WaterAlch

    Gives people with poor etiquitte a good lesson in actually playing and focusing against an opponent regardless of their rating. I haven't played any tournaments, but I'd find that partly offensive.

    Way to stick it to him! Smile

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #7

    Isaiamov

    farine22 wrote:

    27. Nxb5+ wins the queen


    That is kind of scary, the things that you don't see during the game...

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #8

    Eebster

    farine22 wrote:

    27. Nxb5+ wins the queen


    More specifically, 27. Nd6xb5+! is a mate in 12.

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #9

    tomjoad

    Nicely played!

  • 5 years ago · Quote · #10

    lessermortal

    well done !!!


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