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How to prepare for a OTB tournament with 2100+ players

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    I am preparing for a tournament in 3 weeks. In this open tournemant there are 3, out of 10, 2100+ players already registered. I'm rated about 1800 and this will be the hardest tournament I've competed for in a while.

    So, I'm asking how I should prepare for this? The tournament is G/45 with 5 rounds in one day.

    Right now I'm mostly studying up on my endgame with Jeremy Silmans excellent book "Silman's Complete Endgame Course" and perfecting my openings by studying the openings my opponents are most likely to play, and figuring my move responses.

    But is this enough? Please let me know!


    HD Cool

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    you shoulds ask IM Rensch and see what he tells yous. I bets he knows exactly whats you shoulds do.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3


    At first I thought there were 2100+ chess players registered for the tournament and I thought about suggesting buying air freshener to prepare. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4


    When there is a big rating gap like you are facing, the stronger players will often play less common lines to get out of your book as fast as possible. If you intend to play up focus on understanding the strategic objective of your openings and just try to play principled play. Don't be afraid to trust your intuition on gambiting pawns and the like. If you trust your chess knowledge when things go funny right in the opening, then you will have good chances.

    For example, I played a rapid game last night in a swiss tournament where I was down 300 rating points or so against a master. He went out of my book almost right away but I recognized motifs from a line that is in my repertoire and offered up a pawn for an attack. My idea wasn't 100% sound and houdini put me at like -.06 (as white), but just like he was planning to use his chess knowledge against me when out of book I did the same to him by trusting my intuition. I wound up offering a draw in time pressure but I had a clear win on the board. 

    Be brazen, trust your intition, and make them prove you wrong. Give them the opportunitites to make mistakes instead of the other way around. 

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5


    Hi HD

    i would recommend to play simply solid chess. You should not try to play for a win at all cost. Usually it's good to play for a win, but here we have to expect your opponents to be more experienced and being able to use small advantages in endings or middlegames to their favor. Therefore try to play solid chess, avoiding blunders at all cost and play positionally sound moves (we've played several games until now, and an advise i have to give you, which might improve your results extremely: Try to calculate for 3-4 moves ahead, no matter if it's a simply exchange or so, but you have to visualize the final position and try to evaluate it, as this is the key for your further play. That's the skill you have to sharpen, you'll see that your results will improve afterwards.) and simply try to keep the position balanced (let's say even).


    :) And the most important thing:  Have fun!



  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7


    Sweet!! Thanks for all your helpful suggestions!! :D

    I'll definitely use most of them :-)


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