Elusive secrets of success
People often ask me how they can become better chess players. I tell them it's important to play a lot (for instance on chess.com's live server!) and read chess books - simply enjoy working on your chess.
But I find my answer to be very superficial, and it doesn't really pinpoint any definite answer. There are two reasons for that: Everyone is different, so it's impossible for me to know what will work for you. But even more importantly; I don't actually know the secret to success! I have had many successes, but I'm not sure what of my training the last 10 years has made me able to achieve what I have achieved.
Still, what I do know is that I enjoy success when it comes, and in this blog post I'm going to write about my win at the 30th Andorra Open, held in July.
Just before the tournament, I had played in the Norwegian Championship. I was a heavy favorite, but I couldn't produce my best chess and finished 3rd. Why would Andorra be anything different? I don't know, but luckily it was!
Getting a good start attributes to boosting your confidence and adjusting to the new surroundings. My start was near perfect!
As if this first game wasn't enough, my second round game was also a miniature win. My opponent blundered early on. Can you find black's best move?
A fantastic start to be sure! I felt so good that I participated with some friends in the 5-a-side soccer tournament held the morning of the 3rd round. We won the tournament - which was definitely a good omen for what was to come. I even scored the important 3-2 leading goal in the final!
Photo from the official tournament site. Team Penderghast (in honor of Emma Stone) left to right: David Berczes, John Castro, Romain Lambert, my room mate Nicolai Getz and yours truly.
See the winners of the best game prize here.