Statesville Open - Saturday

Jun 25, 2012, 6:30 PM |

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"


 It was disappointed although not necessarily unexpected that I lost to Peter, but the fours I spent doing so along with the three hours I spent winning round one, took its toll on my sleep deprive brain. At this point I was kinda wishing I had asked for the half-point bye for round three instead of opting to play (That was a decision I made when I entered.) The third game was just brutal.... If you're the guy who spends hours watching teenagers give each other nutshots on YouTube.... you'll enjoy this one.

I'll post on my Sunday games tomorrow.