Now some of you who are probably thinking "Why didn't he resign? That was terrible sportsmanship. He wasted a lot of that poor little boy's time." To which I have three answers: he was more unsportsmanlike, that's just how RAR is, and I don't like resigning. On my turn he would bring his head to the boards level and look at me with an interesting expression. It wasn't like just staring at your opponent, (as Tal did) it was positioning his head so that if I wanted to look at the board I would have to see his face. He also would try to tap me with his foot under the table, he was so short that he had to get down really low in his chair to reach me. I didn't report him to a TD because it didn't distract me that much and because it seemed slightly RARlike.
I was reporting my loss and starting to feel the terrible feeling of having lost a game when Aarush came over and vastly improved my mood. Prizes! Aarush had won, Aaron was winning and had an attack but his opponent survived and found a nice tactic to bring the game to a rook ending which they drew. And I had lost. Me, Aaron, Aarush and Ethan were all tied for first at 5.5! We tried to guess how much money we would get and made sure the TDs knew that we were tied for first, Ethan was eligible for two prizes and that no one else could get 5.5 so they might as well dish out the prizes. Ethan was eligible for two prizes, shared first or the ~$365 U1200, but could get only claim one.
He got the U1200 and Aarush, Aaron and I each got a $256.67 check. All of us were happy! I went from 1392 (1558 in the live ratings) to 1564. I refrained from using an engine to analyze my games for this post. The first picture is of Aaron, the second is of me, the third is of a light fixture that someone was worried would fall.
I explained to Aaron that I would use these pictures for my blog on chess.com. He said that he would write one about the tournament as well and that we might have a little competition as to who got the most views...
Time to close with a random poem by Shel Silverstein!
The one who invented trick or treat
Yes, I invented "trick or treat"
So you could fill your mouth with sweets-
Candy bars and lemon drops,
Marshmallows and Tootsie Pops,
Butterscotch and bubble gum.
Hold out your hand, they'll give you some
Chocolate kisses, Jujubes,
Sourballs and jelly beans.
Have a cake! Some cookies too.
Take a couple, grab a few.
Peppermint sticks and Mary Janes,
Licorice whips and candy canes.
Don't let those M&Ms go by,
Chew that toffee, munch those treats,
Get that caramel in your teeth.
Then come see me, I'll be here.
I'm your friendly dentist, dear!
Thanks for reading!