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TimeForTea, there's the ChessIQ club maybe half an hour to 45 minutes away
Time Control is normally 60/30 increment
Ok, thanks AKAL1 - I might come down and try it sometime . Are you playing in the Illinois Open?
Chess.com University has slow time controls, a couple of other groups do too. BTW, your hamsters' had enough tea.
still alive? lol
Yes, I am still alive! Sorry, just been mega-busy over the past few days
Thanks very much for all the advice and analysis - I really appreciate it. There are definitely some very interesting lines in there and I will make sure I look over them a couple of times before the tournament. I'll definitely consider playing the Evan's Gambit if they play 3..Bc5 - looks like an agressive system and tricky to deal with (although some of those other lines look quite sneaky too).
I'd just better make sure I prepare some other lines as well, in case they don't go for 1.e4 e5
I will also post all of the games that I play in the tournament in this thread. Even if I hang all my Queens and play terrible - I will do it!
If you are asking whether I'm playing in the Open Section in order to get crushed by a GM, the answer is yes
So, after a year of playing almost exclusively online correspondence, Time4Tea decides to take the plunge into the world of OTB chess! I've signed up for the Illinois Open at the end of August (8/30 - 9/1) - it's a 6-round swiss-style tourney.
I'm going for a 2-day schedule, so the first day (Sunday) will be pretty intensive: three 45-minute games with 5 second delay, then one 90/30; then there'll be two 90/30 games on the Monday.
I'm pretty excited, but I'm not quite sure what to expect. I've entered the 'reserve' section, which is for players under 1800 USCF - looks like currently there is a range of people signed up, from about 1000 up to 1600+. I'm not expecting to do particularly well, especially given that I won't be used to playing with a physical board and I'm not used to taking notation during the game, but it'll be my first step at playing some proper OTB chess and I'm sure it'll be good fun
You'd do better in the Open imo. Since this is your first time playing OTB, It's understandable to play in the reserve, but you do play well! At lesat, better than me at any rate, and I'm 2000 USCF.
As for the time control, the adjustment after the first few games will be hard, especially for someone used to CC.
I was actually just wondering if you were playing in the tourney at all, but I wish you best of luck in the open section. If you PM me your real name then I'll come and say 'Hi'
Thanks for the encouragement AKAL1, but I'm not sure my online rating is going to translate that well into OTB. I can strategize and analyse deeply when I have lots of time, but I've been playing too much correspondence recently and I've gotten out of the habit of thinking quickly and managing my clock. I'll see how this one goes, but I don't think I'm quite ready to play with the 'big boys' just yet
About the time controls, I'm actually feeling more confident about the 90/30 games because I'm used to spending time on my moves. It's the first three 45 d5 ones that I'm more anxious about!
It is getting close now, rooting for you! Make sure you know the Lucena and Philidor rook endgame positions, those are the endgames most frequently seen according to de la Villa (100 endgames you must know).
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