I learned my lesson

I learned my lesson


If you read my most recent forum post, I'm back at tournament chess! I signed up for the November Chess Flurry (as the tournament is named) in Houston. Honestly, this tournament was more of an excuse for me to see family in Houston during Thanksgiving break. I'm currently staying with my grandparents, and I might also see a cousin tomorrow. 

What's with the title? Find out at the end!

I will say, before going into the games, per my most recent post, this probably goes down as the first tournament in my chess career where I didn't give myself any expectations going into the event, other than to play good chess, and to enjoy the games. It really gave me peace of mind throughout the event, that I didn't have to worry about my rating change, how will this affect my chess long-term, etc. As I alluded to in my forum post, the chess community is sooooooo rating-centric, so right now, my rating goals are on the backburner

So this was a one-day event, three rounds, G/75;d5 (75 minutes per side with a 5-second delay after each move). I had to take a 1/2-point bye in the second round due to other commitments, so I only got to play two games. I think that's actually a good scenario, as I'll be less exhausted at the end, and if I drop both games, it's not the end of the world. 

In round 1, I was paired with Evan Zhang (1891 USCF). I've never played him, but I've seen him around. One of those guys.

Looking back, I thought it was a well-played game. My only disappointment is that 18. Nxg6 was a blatant miss by me. Otherwise, we got the job done!

I took a 1/2-point bye in round 2, so going into the final round, I was at 1.5/2, and still in contention or prize money after only having played one game! In round 3, I was paired with Ronak Hiwale (1863 USCF), another kid whom I've seen around, but had yet to play...

Also overall a good game, but has I found 49. c6, I would have likely won the game, I would have tied for 1st in the tournament, and won like $118. It's a bummer, but oh well!

Well, here is the *cough* rating *cough* report from the tournament...

That's about it, folks! And what is the "lesson" I learned? Well, in the final round game of my US Class Championship tournament, my opponent had a Kingside attack brewing, and I played possibly one of the worst moves of my tournament career, 22. g4?? I remember it being a kneejerk reaction to his Kingside attack, and when I put it through stockfish, the fish suggested random moves that totally ignored the Kingside attack. Basically, "come to me..." It always feels good when I learn a lesson from a previous experience and am able to apply it to my advantage!

I had that recollection during both games. My opponents attempted to hunt down my King, and I didn't overreact. I just played moves that made sense (g6 in the first game wasn't great though), and both attacks panned out. 

That's about it friends, I hope you enjoyed the read!