My first (rapid) tournament victory on chess.com - Two London system miniatures.
Yesterday I succeeded in winning my first rapid (15/10) tournament here on chess.com. I thought that the title, of this blog, wouldn`t be so captivating if it was: "my first rapid tournament bronze". In this article I will share my thoughts of the games, and in more detail look closer at why I chose certain moves, and the alternatives I have considered in hindsight.
My brother, who is a coffee addict, offered me a cup of coffee before the tournament, so I had a cup of coffee (strength 6!), and this seemed to have a substantial effect on my tactical vision - I was sharp. The first time I beat my brother at table tennis, was when we played after having a Costa on the way to the venue, and I easily beat him 7-3, so a little bit of advice is to make sure you have a coffee before entering a tournament.
ROUND 1 - Dangerous long castle against the London system.
ROUND 2 - My opponent ( @RezaForootan) played 1.e3, and I had to think for 42 seconds, so I played ...e5. 2.c4 after another 40 seconds; and I played Nf3 - by this point I was slightly out of my comfort zone, because of my lack of experience with this opening, but I considered that I had good central control, then after a wait of 1min 20 seconds my opponent randomly resigned; a shame.
ROUND 3 - A tactical London system
In this round I thought, well I had great success with the London system in the first round, I may as well wheel it out for this one. I must note that this is one of my favourite openings to play as white, and that this is possibly my best ever game with it yet, not to boast or anything, but I got a CAPS score of 99.14, unbelievable! And I stick to what I said in my London system article, that it is an easy opening to play - especially at lower level. My opponent made only 1 mistake, I discount Ke8 (mate in 4) as one, because their position was lost by this point anyway.