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The last tournament I played in I got paired in round 1 with someone about 250 points lower than me, I was black. equalized easily, netted a pawn off a tactic, and my opponent appeared to panic and begins an all assult on my king which didn't pan out to well and I netted another pawn in the process and exchanged a lot of pieces so we just had a rook each and minor piece (his knight to my bishop). Then when the game was about to be "in the bag" I saw a nice way to finish my opponent off by attacking his lone passed h pawn and his king, which was his last positive in the position. With little thought I play the move and then my opponent looks up and says "sorry" in a very sympathetic voice and takes the rook with his knight. I just hung my rook and lost a game that I pretty much had in the bag! We all have games like these, no big deal! I ended up going 5.5/7 in that tournament so I was happy in the end (my opponent went 3/7)!
Hey, at least he said "sorry."
I see you got 5 out of 9. That's better than my 4.5 the first year I went to the WO. Yes, please share a game or two with us. If you put it in a Blog, then post the title here so we can find it. And did you take advantage of the free GM analysis?
I didn't have time to attend them. I was probably better off trying to rest when I could anyway.
Back from chess hell.
One thing I learned is that playing 10 hours of chess every day for four days can really fry your brain. I would typically start strong, but by the end of the day started missing simple things.
Glad I didn't play up; I would have been crushed. At least I finished with a positive score.
I'll post some games eventually, but I need a few days to decompress.
After my first two WO's, I started taking two 1/2 point byes, scheduling them for the morning rounds on two days, spaced apart to allow me to rest and recover a bit, take my time over a leisurely brunch, take a long walk, swim, etc. It made the whole experience more enjoyable.
When you have a bad game, it is important to figure out why. Sometimes it is a combination of mistakes on the board, and off the board - being tired, hungry, anxious to hit the road, bored because out of the money, etc. Once you figure that out, you can take steps to avoid it happening again.
once at the tournament, getting some rest and food is probably the most important thing. didn't play this year, i think columnist iryna suffered the most painful result at the world open this year [probably more painful than me missing 2 mate-in-ones against masters last week --- and also realizing it immediately after, then losing both]:
I was originally going to take a bye Saturday night, but kept putting off the decision until the cut-off point passed. I think I just really wanted to play as much chess as possible.
I completely understand my mistakes both on and off the board. Off the board there were a lot of problems. Very little sleep a couple of nights. The worst was I forgot to take my Synthroid on the last day, which left me with even less energy than usual. I had my thyroid removed two years ago due to cancer, so without it I have no metabolism at all.
[probably more painful than me missing 2 mate-in-ones against masters last week --- and also realizing it immediately after, then losing both]:
Ouch! Can you post the games?
Part one of my World Open blog is up with the first two games - http://www.chess.com/blog/JamieKowalski/u1800-tales-from-the-world-open-pt-i
Let me know what you think.
Just back from a quick look at the Blog. Well written, well balanced & well done! Not overly analyzed and just enough background to put us in the scene. You should consider writing for this site.
Excellent writing! Unlike anpu, however, I'm much lower rated and would enjoy a little more annotation. But you can't please everyone...
Looking forward to the next installment.
I had a little more notation in my original analysis, but pasting the pgn into chess.com's editor was a big mess and I lost some of it. I'll try to prepare a little more carefully next time.
Thanks for the comments.
Part II is up!
More analysis this time.
Good read, thanks.
Part II was good.
Did you take a walk over to check out the top boards in the open section?
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