Statesville Open - Saturday
This weekend I took the opportunity to play in the Statesville Open in Statesville, NC. It was a rare treat for me to be part of a three day event and have NO RESPONSIBILITIES!! I was looking forward to being able to relax, but unfortunately I arrived late Friday night (An extra busy dinner rush at work saw to that.) and had trouble sleeping.
Although I played well in round one I anticipated this would not be my best tournament based on my scoresheet being filled with errors (Usually a tell-tale sign of a lack of focus for me is when I record several moves wrong.)
All of my games for this post will have lighter than normal annotations.
My second round opponent is a very strong expert whom most of us believe is already master strength. I knew it was going to be a tough game, but when I coughed up a pawn early, I could already start considering an early resignation just to stretch my legs and maybe take a nap. He didn't play particularly well either and I developed some play against him. Alas, he was able to acquire the one tempo he needed (and that's usually all that a player of his ability needs.) to send me to dinner with an "L"
I'll post on my Sunday games tomorrow.