Frome Congress - Sunday

May 11, 2009, 3:24 PM |

So there I was on the Sunday with genuine chances.  I felt reasonably confident but there was still a long way to go. 

In the morning I faced a guy who was playing in his first Congress that weekend but he did show some very good calculational skills.  Anyway, here it is:

And more good news for me!  The only person with more points than me drew!  So going into the final round there were 7 people on 3.5 (if you're paying attention, it means that it's quite likely that I got the numbers wrong earlier).  A win was essential if I was to get a chance of sharing first place.
Over lunch I ranted (again) about 2 things:
1)  In the open, it happens that people blunder queens.  Why does that not happen to me in the minor?
2)  I really dislike playing against a Colle.  It's naff and boring.  Since I'd be entering the final round as black, I was adamant I would not face 1. d4 and certainly not a Colle.
To that end, I declared very clearly, "I will not face a Colle and my opponent will blunder his queen."  What do you think?
"I'm gonna go for it"...  Fantastic!  Don't get me wrong, I absolutely admire the courage to sac a queen when you're not sure it's winning, but wow!
Just to round off the story, that means that 3 people (including me) tied for first.  There was an impressive turn around by one player, and a crushing defeat by another... And me.  The 7th player on 3.5 was quickly beaten by a solid attack on h7 by one of the juniors at the event.
So remember, you'll need to believe that your opponent will blunder!