Copenhagen Chess Challenge 2017
While finally the spring (some might even argue summer ) weather has finally kicked in in Copenhagen, I was up for another chess challenge in my journey, this time Copenhagen Chess Challenge 2017 tournament! This was also the first tournament for me as FM, so I was ready to showcase some FM-skill!
Already in round 2 I was paired against the strong IM Mads Hansen (my former club-mate )! We hadn't played any games for quite some years and he had progressed a lot since our last encounter, so I was excited to play him!
Tried a new opening in round 2, which backfired. Nevertheless, I feel confident to try Qc2 setups against the Nimzo in future.
Really unhappy how I played this game. Similar issue in the past - didn't manage to recover after a lost game. Moreover, underestimated my opponent & on top of everything, don't have a solid response to the closed Sicilian. A lot of things to work on in the coming months..
In round 4 I was paired with White pieces against GM Frode Urkedal (Elo 2540). I was a little worried about my form as I played so poorly both round 2 and 3, nevertheless, I was ready to fight!
What a game! I made a mistake early in the opening, but managed to survive and in the end wasn't afraid to push for a win, despite being down on time! Gotta learn the opening theory though, as I can't expect being so lucky in every game
This game was the perfect example, how the wrong mindset can be deciding factor in losing a game. I had a perfectly fine position, I just didn't realize it.
My technique in the game wasn't perfect as Black managed to create an attack out of nothing, but nevertheless, everything seemed to be under control either way.
Round 7 I was paired against IM Martin Percivaldi. A really talanted guy, I think we will hear from him a lot in the future
Another tough game. I was surely losing at some point, when I gave up the extra pawn and Queens were still on the board, but luckily I survived.
In round 8 I was paired against another IM Hagen Andreas with White pieces, but things didn't quite click in the game..
I gotta admit that my head wasn't quite working during the game as I had had a couple of drinks the night before with some friends, which is an absolute NO-GO during a tournament..
A horrible last day of the tournament, which also showed in the results. In the end, which could have turned out to be a great tournament, it didn't work out quite that way and only person to blame is me.
Nevertheless, I take quite a few learning points from this tournament and can clearly see some things I need to work on in future, so I'm still feeling strong on my journey!
Thank you for your attention!