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My first tournament - Part 1

My first tournament - Part 1

RC_Woods
Mar 25, 2014, 9:07 AM 14











Hello everyone, welcome back again!

Last weekend I played in my first actual chess tournament, which was great fun. I won't bother you with a long introduction this time and shall just share with you my experience from a personal and chess point of view.

In numbers it came down to the following:

My OTB rating
1563
Total Score (discounts the forfeit) 
3/5 by means of +2 =2 -1
TPR (also discounts the forfeit) 
1658 

R1 White VS 1762 - Draw
R2 Forfeit
R3 Black VS 1444 - Win
R4 White VS 1584 - Win
R5 Black VS 1531 - Loss
R6 White VS 1611 Draw

 


Personally, I think this is a decent result that goes with a great (learning) experience. I don't think the result is stellar as I expected to do better than my rating, but I never felt cheated of points either and honestly got lucky last game. 


Now since we're talking chess on a chess site, I think everyone here agrees this is the point where we should start looking at the games, to get the full story straight. So let's get to it! 

Game 1 (RC_Woods versus 1768)
This was a draw against a fine gentleman with a mighty beard, and I think a fine game. 


Puzzle


Continuation (I didn't want to give away the position for the puzzle, but annotations begin where we left off!):


Seeing I drew a strong player, I was quite happy with the result (even though I would have loved to win more, of course!)

Game 2  (Forfeit and then a rapid game)

Game 2, unfortunately, was a forfeit. The reason is I overslept, which has a twofold explanation. The first is I went to town with my opponent of game 1 (remember we were the last ones playing, so it was already around 12PM at that point). My opponent of this game somewhat resembled a chess playing Santa (physically and charismatically - he didn't give so many presents on the board), and I found it hard to turn down this compelling offer from this unique gentleman to have some drinks and celebrate life a bit. The second reason is my alarm malfunctioned, giving me no reason to wake up from what was already a deeper than planned slumber.

Now I did, once I arrived, play a rapid with what would have been my opponent, but since he wasn't playing very seriously and since it was a rapid, I won't bother you with a long analysis of the game - but I do think I played it quite well.

Rapid Game 


Game 3   (1444 versus RC_Woods)

Game 3 was a warzone, quite literally, that erupted from a Budapest. I was under quite some pressure, but once my opponent made one slip, it was all over very quickly.

Puzzle (remember, in the game, white did not play Ng5!)

 

Continuation:

As you may understand, I was pretty happy at this point with 2,5 points out of 3 games played. The forfeit did bother me but since it wouldn't affect my rating and since I just won, I was just really ready for game 4.

(I guess there was also some relief in the historical symbolical beaty of missing, of all games, game 2, and I jokingly remarked it would have been fitting to continue making a scene over the tournament conditions, but really they were perfect and (both sadly and luckily) I'm no Fischer). 

I hope you enjoyed my summary so far, any questions are welcome and till next part!

Cheerio,

RC_Woods. 

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