x
Chess - Play & Learn

Chess.com

FREE - In Google Play

FREE - in Win Phone Store

VIEW

Taiwan Nationals 2014: part 7 -- Final day 2

Tapani
Apr 14, 2014, 5:58 PM 6

Sunday was day 2 (of 4) of the finals. The top 12 players, as selected by a 11 round swiss, play a round-robin for the title.

After six rounds (each day is 3 rounds of 90+30 games), I have three points. Which likely puts me a little ahead of the middle, maybe at 5th place. 

Three players stand out: Austin, Alex and Jei -- who after five rounds had 4.5 pts each (did not stay long enough after my last round to know their scores at the end). Tony, Lee and Jaby had a bad start and are around around 1 point each.

In Sunday's games I beat Lee (who had blundered two pawns by move 8) and Richard (who tried to build a bunker and draw by defending it). I lost to Sammy in a game that has been on my mind a while since.

Despite feeling that I played great chess, I lost the game. Picked an old stem game to follow for the theory (Torre vs Timman; Hamburg 1982), hopefully old enough for my younger opponent not to have studied it. To my amazement he found an improvement for white, winning a pawn at move 13! When this happened, even told Tony while stretching my legs that my opponent just picked a pawn from Jan Timman! (while black has some compensation, maybe I just failed to utilize it properly?). 


This is one of my best games in the tournament, was very happy with my own play afterwards -- but what can you do when your opponent pretty much plays Houdini's first move every move? (not every move though, for instance move 13 is marginally Houdini's 2nd move).

Online Now