6th Open Spring Tournament of Triandria, Group B. My games with full annotations and detailed descri

May 16, 2013, 5:09 AM |

Recently, from May 7th to May 12th, I participated in Group B of the 6th Open Spring Tournament of Triandria, a tournament well-known in Northern Greece with many participants.

This year, the tournament was split in two groups. Group A was for players with a FIDE or national rating of 1500 and over, however players with a FIDE national rating of 1300 and over could also participate. Two exceptions where made to this rule. Russian player Pinzhenin Aleksei, who had neither a FIDE or national rating, was allowed to participate in Group A as he was considered too strong for Group B. He justified this decision by scoring 3/7 in Group A, with a rating performance of 1771. The other exception was young girl Konstantina Stamouli, who had a FIDE rating of 1285, but was allowed to participate as a special exception by the tournament's organizers, as she took lessons in the club that organized the tournament. She scored a decent rating performance of 1359, with 1.5/7 points. Group B was for players of FIDE or national rating under 1500. However, since players with a rating between 1300 and 1500 could choose in which group to play in, most chose Group A, and only three decided to play in Group B. My FIDE rating was 1294, so I had to participate in Group B.

The field was pretty strong in Group A, with a rating average of 1803. 123/129 players were FIDE rated, 33 of which had a FIDE rating of over 2000. Hungarian GM Imre Hera was supposed to participate, but he missed his flight (now that's shameful), which also led to the cancelling of a simul he was going to give.

Group B, was of course, significantly weaker. With the rating average at 1029, and only 13/134 players FIDE players, I was expecting easy games in the first rounds (I was the 4th seed). As I was chasing the prizes (details of which will be given later on), I gave a lot of effort into this tournament.

The time control was 90 minutes for the entire game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move.

My first round game was very easy. I was facing an 8 year-old with no tournament experience.

After this win, which took only 5 minutes, one of my friends joked that I put less effort in my game than those who faced no-shows, as they had to wait 30 minutes before being awarded a win.

In the second round a faced a weak 14 year-old player. I didn't know him before the tournament, but during it we became sorta friends. I played carelessly in this game and nearly paid for it, but my opponent lacked the skilled to find the best moves, and I ended up winning.

My third game would end up being my last easy game in the tournament. I played a 10-year old girl. Decent for her age, she played well until she blundered, after which I won easily.

My fourth round opponent was probably the toughest one in this tournament. Though FIDE unrated, it was obvious he had lots of chess experience. Given his age (35-40) I assumed he used to play when he was younger, and now returned to continue.

So, I was half a point behind the pack of the leaders. In the 5th round I was matched with someone with 4/4, and I needed at least a draw to stay in the hunt for first place.

4.5/5, not bad. My pairing for the 6th round was against the first seed, a 12-year old with 1411. He obtained this in a recent tournament this March, where, in seemingly a big coincidence, 3 FIDE rated players (with ratings ranging from 1400ish to 1600ish) blundered against him. After he lost his first round game against an easy opponent it seemed like he would not be able to fight for the top, however he scored 4/4 in the following games, and we were playing on third board. I was to be the next victim of this kid that everyone blunders against.

After this, even my opponent's father congratulated me on my play. But with two draws I was left behind, I had to win in the last round to fight for second place, since first place was no longer attainable.

I woke up late so I was a bit late for the game, three minutes to be exact. But it didn't matter much. My opponent was a strong player, and also a friend. I was expecting a tough game.

And that's how I secured second place.

I'll write the rest later, as I'm too tired right now.