DHLC Slow Chess Quad #58A G/90+30 U1600
This just may be my first ever outright tournament win. I scored 4.5/5 with +4 -1 =1 against worthy opposition.
Quad #58A was a chess quad run by the Dan Heisman Learning Center and was TD'ed in fine fashion by deank This is one of my favorite formats because you get to play each opponent as both black and white. Also, each quad is grouped by rating so you generally play people close to your strength each round. Compare that to the standard swiss style event where you might play someone 300 points below you one round and somone 300 points above you another round.
This quad was also at a longer G/90 + 30 second interval. This time control is pretty close to what I typically play in OTB tournaments so I prefer it over the more popular G45 + 45 interval format. The more time I have available, the more I can practice my thought process and consider all the new knowledge I am acquiring in my current training program.
Suvel: 1448. A player who dropped out after the first round, so I didn't get to play against.
Larceny: 1475. Me.
king_nothing1: 1586. A chess.com friend who was on my team for Swiss #7 and #8. (He has since closed his account.)
Ivanikov: 1487. A player living in Brazil.
Are you wondering what the A stands for in the #58A? No? Okay, well, it was because I was a replacement player for the quad, as the original player dropped out before the quad started. Unfortunately, this was an omen for the rest of the quad.
In my game for the round, I was paired with Ivanikov. This was the first time we had played each other and he played well but very quickly. He only used a small portion of his approximately 2 hours and I believe if he had slowed down he would have given me a much more difficult game.
In round 2, Suvel had to withdraw, but the TDs were able to replace him quickly with peacefulblue (1429), a player from the Philippines.
I was paired up with my friend king_nothing1, the number one seed in the quad. He is a good player and has been working hard on improving his chess. I was very disappointed when I ended up with a clear winning game but managed to lose in disasterous style.
Round 3 saw me paired against the new guy, peacefulblue.
In round 4, peacefulblue resigned from the quad. He was replaced with amichay. Would this be our last player substitution?
In this round I was paired again with Ivanikov and was eager for a win, after our 1st round draw. Unfortunately, my opponent no-showed and I had to take a forfeit win.
The forfeit win did, however, keep me within striking distance of the lead.
Round 5 finally gave me the opportunity to again take on my friend king_nothing1 and try to avenge my disasterous loss in round 2, when I dropped my queen. I walked into this game ready to give an all-out effort for a win!
It is the final round and I've taken the lead! But, will I be able to hold on to it against amichay?
I did it! This small tournament win meant a lot to me because it coincided with the rigorous training that I have been undergoing since July 1st. It demonstrated to me that the training is making a difference where it counts--over the chessboard.