My first FIDE tournament

My first FIDE tournament

Caissablessme
Caissablessme
Jan 31, 2018, 3:47 PM |
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After playing chess everyday for a year and reading some books, I thought it would be a good idea to get my FIDE rating even though at the time I had no idea what my level of play was. As the first round was approaching, I was getting really nervous and this feeling combined with my lack of confidence made me play rather passive:

 

 
 

After this game I was feeling really good, I was happy not to blunder and a draw was fine by me back then. But when I look at it today I see that I should have played on and I feel a bit bad on the crazy calculation just to make a draw, but I guess that's OK.

 On round 2 I was a bit more confident and even though I was going to play against the top sit (2100 FIDE!), I wasn't freaking out or crazy nervous. Here is the game:

 And here we have yet again another draw! I felt like Anish Giri in the candidates. After these games I manage to relax a bit and win two rounds, but unfortunately I lost one ( I will maybe post about this later), ending up my participation in my very first tournament in third place, with a 1989 rating performace.
I guess the main lesson I can learn from this experience is to always try to crush my opponents no matter what their rating is wink.png 
 
Thank you for reading.