Pushing The Moon (3): Importance of Preparation
I just got done playing at the Continental Class Championships this weekend and I've got to say... I'm a little disapointed in myself. A lot of my chess study involves studying openings but I overlooked two openings that cost me a decent performance at the tournament. Which openings? The Scandinavian Defense. (I almost never face it.) and the Petrov: 2 knights variation. (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3). I was playing 3. ...d6?! by habit. Which let me tell you.. is a horrid, horrid move... Or at least for my style of play. I will show you exactly how those losses went, just so you know the downside of that variation...
Out of a total of six games, I won 3. One by forfeit, One by luck and a little daring and the last by skill, and possibly a bad move by my opponent? But without further stalling.. Here is my complete performance in the tournament! -sighs- I botched my notation yet again on the first round. To put it bluntly, black outplayed me and got me into an isolated d pawn position. And then later won a pawn with a tactic.
Round 1: (Black won, if it doesn't say. Notation got screwey so rest of game can't be displayed. >.<) I played as White, Black was an unrated player named Kelly. It was a boy.
Round 2: I played black against a 1305 named Danny.