My first (rapid) tournament victory on - Two London system miniatures.

My first (rapid) tournament victory on - Two London system miniatures.


Yesterday I succeeded in winning my first rapid (15/10) tournament here on 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.


ROUND 4 -  A Dynamic Dutch Defence
This game was certainly not as smooth as the last game, but it was very interesting. I play the Dutch myself, which was a bit unlucky for my opponent, so I was comfortable in the opening. I missed a win early on, with a tactic, but my opponent also missed a way to win in the endgame, after I blundered a pawn, and took the draw in a bit of time trouble - fair enough, I was certainly not going to play for a win myself - that would be suicidal! In this gambit line almost all the pieces get swapped off on the king-side before play switches to the queen-side, which is quite unique from any other opening I know.

 ROUND 5 - A Scary Sicilian Encounter, with time troubles.
In the late middlegame, my opponent forced me onto the defensive, with strong attacking play, but throughout the game their time management was poor, and this cost them the game, as their clock ticked to defeat in an equal position. By gaining this victory my score was up to 4.5/5 and I knew I had some good chance, and with a better tie break than the second place competitor @colossal_g  had a lower tie break ( I`m not sure what this is or how it works, but I would be glad to know, if you post it in the comments please). However I played well enough to win. I hope you have found my annotations interesting, feel free to suggest your own ideas.

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