Slow Swiss 5 - Round 1

Alright, round 1 in Swiss 5.   Out of 80 players, I'm ranked as (drum roll, please), 79th!!  Wheeee!!  I'm NOT at the bottom!!   That said, the first round in Swiss is often against a player MUCH higher ranked (uh, yes... and I was irritated that I'd be losing two ranking points - I should have only had one at stake!!  hehehe).

Anyway, I did not expect to win.   I'm being realistic.  This is someone who is over 500 points higher than me.  But what I WILL do is remember my goals when I play in these things.  Let's recall:

1.  Focus as much as possible.  Feel like I'm doing the absolute best given my skill level and abilities.

2.  Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.  Make them fight for it.


Okay, well, up until my last bonehead move, I fulfilled both goals.   So really, it's a bit of a "VICTOIRE" for me.  And my opponent couldn't have been nicer. 


  • 4 years ago


    Hi Chris,

    You played well till "The Blunder". Just add third point to your goals:-

    3.  Keep it simple. Like carrying on with exchanges (21 ..bxc6)

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    Change your mindset. cause at that very moment he potentialy playing at the same level rating. Think about it if everyone he plays lower rated then him like you has more confidence to go for the win and they get a bunch of draws and even a few wins ! And the players higher rated then him stay consistent theyll beat him giving him a awful tournament where hell drop 500 sound abstract I know but you should start thinking of your opponents POTENTIAL DOWNFALL RATING meaning he probably got to 1400 by a bunhc of time outs or really bad moves from higher rated or a mixture of both (For hopeful reason dont check to see if this is tru until afterwards) heres a tip (below 1600 rating TACTICS DOMINATE) so always be on the look out for them im positive they'll pop up. OVERALL YOU DID PRETTY WELL KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK Smile

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