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The Craziest Tournament So Far! - 2017 South Dakota Closed Chess Championship

The Craziest Tournament So Far! - 2017 South Dakota Closed Chess Championship

TaylorWolff
Nov 9, 2017, 9:21 AM 6

Hello again! Long time no see? I've been busy, oh so busy. Life happens and chess has to wait, but that's ok! Because Chess is a game of patience. Recently I've seen some rust with my play having only a few hours a week to play and study chess (More like maybe 2). So I was worried going into this tournament that I might lose all of my matches and only go downhill from there, But I was pleasantly surprised by my results and would consider it a success! My journey with chess starting from this spring has been a wild one. From all the hours of study and play to the countless people I have met it has been one of the highlights of my year. I honestly find this to be one of my passions and although I'm no master (yet wink wink) I do hope that my passion for the game will carry me to the level I want to reach. But without a further ado let's get to the tournament! I'm guessing that you know what tournament this was by the title. I've had my eyes set on this competition ever since my crushing defeat in my first tournament. I didn't have details but I knew I would have to compete somehow.....The tournament started on Saturday...

 

My first round was against Terry Likens, A very nice guy, He directed the first tournament I ever attended and I believe also the Teams in Pierre from this summer? I wasn't aware of his skill level nor his expertise, but I knew it would be a challenge........

 

 
 

 The end was tough! I didn't really realize how good of a position I was in until I got home and checked it with the engine (After the tournament) So maybe that was a good thing for my psychology at the tournament....So what did I learn from this game? Well sometimes you need to be a bit more patient...and Mostly sometimes you need a warm-up game! happy.png

 

The next game was against Jeff, He seemed to be a pretty solid player as the game went on.....his play was strong in many aspects...this position was taken from the game... I think after this game I've started to find what my chess style is...

 
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The move may seem stupid, and in the mind of the computer it was....but in the human situation, it was enough to completely shift the balance of the game entirely......I was looking for a strong fork with my Knight and the weakness was almost there to initiate my attacks...

 This game went on for nearly 3 hours....That may not seem long to some, but I could tell my opponent was losing some focus. But that's only natural, I was still tuned into the game fully and so that might have been an advantage. We were the last board in the hall and I knew that the game was won by brute patience! It was a very rewarding game overall.......

 

My next game was uneventful, it was a game against a girl who was most likely new to chess...the game lasted 7 moves and ended in me scholars mating her so there isn't really anything to show...But I hope that she pursues the game in the future! Your first tournament can be brutal but that's the reality of the game.

 

....The first day is over, I get to the hotel, my family and I go and eat and I get some good rest, the next comes...and I get there early...I'm ready for a strong fight. I'm paired up against Christopher Tao, this player was young but strong for his age I would have to say.....I definitely found his style frustrating all along the way....I have to say if you think I'm Underrated just take a look at this kid!!

 

 

This game was very interesting and I wasn't too disappointed in the results at the time even though I knew I probably could have pulled a win from the game....The game was good though and I enjoyed the journey of it!

 

Now to my last game, this one was a bit more complicated in that when I played it I was excited and yet also a bit exhausted, the tournament was sort of a roller coaster, but still enjoyable at the same time! This game I played a bit more aggressive and you'll see that....The person I'm playing is Nick, he apparently runs the chess club for the largest city in our state so I was very intrigued to play him, you'll notice in this game also that all of my mistakes were fundamental, something I need to work on....

 The game was very interesting, I'd probably say the most interesting game at the tournament that I played....So how was my experience overall at the tournament? Well, it was pretty good! I'm not too disappointed with my results really 2.5/5. It was the strongest tournament in my state, And the fact that I scored that well for have been playing for less then a year is okay in my book. I know though that I have some very strong weakness. I know where I need to focus really, And I hope that after I fix those mistakes and strengthen my knowledge of the game I may become one of the most feared players in the state. There's a lot to learn but I also have a lot of questions about the game that I don't expect to be answered in my first year. I'm not going to summarize my journey so far in my first year with the beautiful game, that will be for another post this winter.... But this was my last tournament of the year and I'm satisfied with the progress that I've made so far and I look to become much much stronger....

 

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