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Australian Open: Part 1

Data_Pillars
Jan 12, 2015, 1:37 AM 1

The Australian Open just concluded, and was won by GM Ni Hua with a phenomenal 10.5/11. My own score was a little more modest, but I'm still happy with my performance, finishing on 5.5/11 and a performance rating of 1950. The time controls were 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment throughout.

In the first round, I held a much higher-rated player to a draw as Black after I found a nice positional Exchange sacrifice to ease the pressure.

 


The events of the second day showed me how difficult such tournaments are. I lost the first game after a lapse in concentration and went down in flames in the next game, after I tried too hard to win quickly.

 

 

Fortunately, I was able to pull myself together and did not lose another game for the rest of the tournament.

My poor start meant that I played a lower-rated player in Round 4. He played the opening better than I did and equalised easily, but after he dropped a pawn on a7 I was confident that I would not lose.

 



This fortunate win got me back to playing stronger opponents and some very hard-fought games which will be included in parts 2 and 3 :)

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