Bristol Congress - Sunday
Sunday morning I was feeling pretty good. True I had dropped a point with my 2 draws, but I had faced the two highest rated and done alright.
There's me in the middle of round 4. I'm the one in the pink. That's right, I'm clearly the centre of attention here. (I'd like to thank Eddie in advance for not complaining about me using his picture! Oh, and for his interesting advice about a gambit line in the Caro-Kann Advance! 4. g4!? Another interesting fact, thanks again Eddie, the guy sat with his back to the camera in the brown jacket is Bobby Fischer's opponent in the first of his memorable games!)
Round 4 I faced a chap I played in a Rapidplay a few weeks before. Caissa smiled on me that day (or she wasn't looking) and I managed to place 1st in the minor (5+ 0= 1-) but guess who was my one loss. In that game I had played as white against his Sicilian, gained a slight edge, exchanged pieces off which nullified my advantages and then decided to take a drawn game to a loss. Determined not to do the same again, watch as I get an advantage as white against his Sicilian, exchange of pieces to nullify the advantage, then blunder to a drawn game. Remember, when setting yourself goals, you must be specific!