My Recent Rapid Swiss and Gearing Up for Amateur Team North

My Recent Rapid Swiss and Gearing Up for Amateur Team North

RyanMurphy5
RyanMurphy5
Feb 19, 2018, 12:31 PM |
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Hello dear chess friends!

 

A few weeks back I played in a rapid swiss event at my local chess club. It was only a three-round event, and my rapid rating was super outdated (I believe it was in the 1400's from about 4 or 5 years ago) so I decided to play for fun. With a time control of game in 24 minutes with a 5 second delay, it at least allowed me to keep sharp without spending too much energy on each game. I had interesting games in all three rounds and finished with a score of 2.5/3 to tie for first. I will share with you some of the most critical moments from each game. 

Round 1: I was paired against the top seed, rated around 2080 as I recall. We had a very sharp Sicilian that I hadn't looked into in several years. My opponent knew the theory much better than I did so I ended up with a massive disadvantage on the clock (probably wasn't so practical to pick a sharp opening that I haven't looked at in years!). I made a dubious sacrifice of the exchange after already investing a piece and the play became very chaotic after my opponent missed a key prophylactic move on the queenside. Enjoy the chaos:

 


 

 

Round 2: I was paired against someone who has a classical rating in the 1800s but a rapid rating at 1600. We had a rather dynamic line in the Caro where I started offering material in order to gain the initiative. This was a very practical decision which paid off. My initiative carried me throughout the game and my opponent made some awkward concessions to keep the king 'safe.' I'll show the first important moment through the end of the game.

 

 

Round 3: I was paired down after going 2-0 in the first two rounds against a younger opponent rated in the 1500's. I achieved a strategically superior position just out of the opening with two bishops and a nice outpost on d5 to work with. I later made some dubious decisions which allowed my opponent to equalize and in a later time scramble I forced a draw to avoid flagging or blundering. Here's the moment after I get the bishop pair:

 

 

I just played in the US Amateur Team North tournament and will have a blog on that in the near future. Thanks for reading!