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I took 1st place in my section of the "Second Battle of El Alamein" tournament.

I took 1st place in my section of the "Second Battle of El Alamein" tournament.

Mastersamuelhyoung
Oct 24, 2016, 7:53 AM 6

Today I finished the 4th round of a 90 minute chess tournament called The Second Battle of El Alamein, taking 1st place in my section with 2 wins and 2 draws. I earned $80, which definitely softened the blow of my regular rating decreasing for the first time in 15 months and 8 tournaments. It dropped from my peak of 1502 to 1489. As the top seeded player in my section, those two draws really hurt my rating. Either way, though, I had a good time and it was nice earning a little money. 

 

My best game of the tournament was definitely my round 3 win against a 1300. I slowly squeezed my opponent with the Queen's Gambit and then won some material with a nice tactic. From there it was just a matter of mopping up. You can view the game here where I've added some commentary. 

 

 

 

 

 

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