61st Annual Maryland Open - Duel Blog!

May 9, 2015, 4:39 PM |

Well, this tournament was a real interesting one. In this tournament, I was playing up a section (U1600 would be my normal one, but my friend kasparov57349 (AKA David) advised me to play up a section (U1800)). David was playing in the same section as me, but unfortunately we didn't play each other. The fortunate thing was that I got a great experience from this tournament and I learned a few things from playing a lot of higher rated players. But without further ado, here are my games!

Game 1: G/45 Inc/30

Game 2: Full Point Bye

Game 3: G40/90 SD/30 Inc/30 (40 moves in 90 minutes, sudden death 30 minutes increment 30)

Game 4: G40/90 SD/30 Inc/30

Game 5: G40/90 SD/30 Inc/30

And so, my rating went from 1445 to 1471, as well as recieving a 4th category norm. I believe I got a solid tournament, but seeing my games, clearly, I need improvement. I decided to take some action to improve my positional & endgame play. For this, I recently ordered two books:

1. How to Reassess your Chess - 4th Edition - Written by IM Jeremy Silman

2. Silman's Complete Endgame Course - Written by IM Jeremy Silman

Hopefully, with reading on this, I will be able to improve my play and not draw in a won position or lose in a drawn position. 

Anywho, thanks for reading!

P.S. Remember the part of the title about "Duel Blog"? Here's David's games from the same tournament. He had some awesome games, he played great, getting a well deserved 1766 USCF and a 2nd Category Title!: