M no tabi, I
for the sake of anon, I will not be mentioning names as much as possible.
But first and foremost, I must thank my coach, IM "almost KKK but KMK" for his enlightenment of the game of chess. He pointed out a very critical trick in the games I played (you can guess which idea it is), as well as offering support advices (eg no cheap draws in round 9). On another amusing note though, I must also thank NM Hustletime for his blog, which inspired me to score a win in round 4 of the tournament. (see game v GM Y Solodovnichenko). Lastly, congratulations to JG Ljudojevic for winning the tournament with me on 6.5/9 in our RR section. Also I should thank my friend Yonatan who offered me a place to stay during the tournament so I did not have to pay for hotel.
This was probably by far the most difficult 9 round tournament I participated, with an Rc of 2315. I was concerned that in order to qualify for a 2450 TPR, I actually needed 8/9 for a norm if I wanted one. Fortunately, my friend and main organizer (Piotr Lukasz) assured me I do not have to travel that far. For this part I, I will show game 1 which was played last Wednesday. Other 8 games will be showed at a later time when I discover some.
This game made me realize that people are very very carnivorous about winning in a RR tournament like this. (eg declining draw twice trying to win in this game, and in general felt as if me opponents smashed the cooking stoves and sunk the boats) While this makes up for the brutal nature of this kind of tournament in general, I can also use that to my advantage somehow.
Phew, that was a lot for a part I. stay tuned for part II and beyond. Keep on............