# My first success in blitz

On December 28^{th} I played in tournament named “Chess Marathon” in local chess club. There played 21 players including 5 candidate masters. The rules of the tournament were very simple: participants played with each other in 20 rounds. Rating of the favorite was 2438, so we decided that he would give us leg-up: 3.5 minutes against 5. I wasn’t sure in my chess strength because I’m very poor in blitz. I decided to write down each game I remembered after each round. In this tournament I played openings that I had never played before.

In the first round I played with black pieces against CM, who had the 4^{th} rating in the tournament.

1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.d3 d6 4.g3 Nf6 5.Bg2 g6 6. Bg5 Bg7 7.Qd2 h6 8.Be3 Ng4 9.Nf3 N:e3 10.f:e 0-0 11.0-0 a6 12.a4 Nb4 13.h3 Be6 14.Kh2 Qd7 15.Rf2 g5 16.Raf1 g4 17.h:g B:g4 18.Nh4 Be6 19.Nf5 B:f5 20.ef and later I got pressure on g-file and won by combination.

In the second game I played against 7-year old girl, who played in 2013 European U-8 championship.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:d4 e5 5.Nb5 d6 6.N1c3 a6 7.Na3 Nf6 8.Bg5 Be7 9.B:f6 B:f6 10.Nd5 Bg5 11.c4 0-0 12.Be2 Be6 13.0-0 Bh6 14.Bg4 Bd7 15.B:d7 Q:d7 16.Nb6 and I won.

In the third game I played against her elder brother.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Nf3 Bb7 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.Bd3 Ne7 6.Qe2 0-0 7.0-0 B:c3 8.b:c h6 9.Bb2 f5 10.e:f N:f5 11.Rfe1 a5 12.Ne5 Ne6 13.Ng6 Qg5 14.Be4 B:e4 15.Q:e4 Q:g6 16.g4 Ne7 17.Q:g6 N:g6 and I won.

In the 4^{th} game I played against my friend.

1.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 Bf5 4.g4 Bd7 5.f4 e6 6.Nf3 c5 7.Be3 c:d 8.B:d4 Nc6 9.Nc3 N:d4 10.Q:d4 Qb6 11.Q:b6 a:b 12.Bb5 Bb4 13.B:d7+ K:d7 14.Nd4 Ne7 15.Ke2 Nc6 16.Ncb5 K:d4+ 17.N:d4 Bc5 18.Nb5 Ra5 19.a4 Rc8 20.c3 Rca8 21.b4 and I won in dramatic endgame.

In the 5^{th} game I played against the 6^{th} rated player of the tournament.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 d5 4.c:d e:d 5.e3 Bd6 6.h3 0-0 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.0-0 Ne5 9.Be2 Ne4 10.N:e5 B:e5 11. d4 N:c3 12.b:c Bd6 13.a4 a6 14.Ba3 B:a3 15.R:a3 Qg5 16.Kh2 Bd7 17.Bf3 b6 18.Qb3 Be6 19.Qc2 f5 20.Qd3 f4 21.e:f R:f4 22.Be2 Raf8 23.Qg3 Qh6 24.f3 R8f5 25.Bd3 Rg5 26.Q:f4 R:g2+ 27.K:g2 Q:f4 28.Rf2 Qh4 29.Kf1 B:h3+ 30.Ke2 Qe7+ and I won.

Next three games I also won:

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.Nf3 e:f 4.d4 h6 5.Bc4 Bg4 6.0-0 B:f3 7.Q:f3 Qf6 8.c3 g5 9.g3 Rh7 10.g:f Nc6 11.f:g Q:f3 12.R:f3 h:g 13.B:g5 Nge7 14.Nd2 Nd5 15.Bd3 Rg7 16.Rg3 Ng6 17.d5 Be7 18.B:e7 K:e7 19.b4 Rag8 20.b:a and I won.

1.e4 e6 2.d4 b6 3.Bd3 Bb7 4.f3 Nh6 5.B:h6 Qh4+ 6.g3 Q:h6 7.Qd2 Q:d2+ 8.N:d2 Be7 9.c4 0-0 10.Ke2 Nc6 11.Ke3 a5 12.a3 Bf6 13.e5 Be7 14.Ne2 f6 15.f4 f:e 16.d:e Bc5+ 17.Kf3 N:e5X

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 c5 5.a3 B:c3+ 6.b:c Ne7 7.Qg4 Qc7 8.Q:g7 Rg8 9.Q:h7 Nbc6 10.Qd3 Bg7 11.g3 0-0 12.Bg2 c4 13.Qd1 Rg6 14.a4 Qa5 15.Qd2 Rdg8 16.Ne2 Nf5 17.0-0 Nh4 18.Nf4 N:g2 19.N:g6 R:g6 20.K:g2 and I won.

In round9 I played against the oldest participant of the tournament.

1.d4 e6 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c5 4.d5 e:d 5.c:d d6 7.Qc2 0-0 8.e4 Re8 9.Be2 Bf8 10.Bg5 h6 11.Bh4 Bg4 12.0-0 g5 13.Bg3 Nh5 14.h3 N:g3 15.f:g Bh5 16.g4 Bg6 and later I won on time.

After 9 rounds I had 100% score and the 1^{st} place.

In round 10 I played with white pieces against winner of the tournament rated 2169.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:d4 a6 5.Bd3 Qc7 6.c4 d6 7.Nc3 Be7 8.0-0 Nf6 9.Kh1 Nbd7 10.f4 b6 11.Be3 Be7 12.Rc1 Nc5 13.Bb1 Nf:e4 14.N:e4 B:e4 15.B:e4 N:e4 16.Qa4+ Kf8 17.Qd1 and after few moves position became

I decided to sacrifice a piece.

1.f5 e5 2.Ne6+ f:e 3.f:e+ Kg8 4.Rf7 Rf8 5.Rcf1 Qc8 6.R:e7 R:f1+ 7.K:f1 Q:c4+ 8.Kg2 Qg4+ 9.Kf1 Qc4+

We repeated this moves few times and I lost by time.

Nest game I won playing with black pieces.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:f4 Nf6 5.Nc3 e5 6.Nf5 N:e6 7.N:g7+ B:f7 8.K:e4 d5 9.Nc3 Be6 10.Bb5+ Nc6 11.0-0 0-0 12.Re1 Nd4 13.Bd2 K:b5 14.N:b5 f5 15.Re3 a6 16.Na3 f4 17.Rc3 e4 18.Qh5 Rf5

In round 12 I played against the rating favorite.

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 c:d 4.N:d4 Nf6 5.Nc3 g6 6.Be3 Bg7 7.f3 0-0 8.Qd2 Nc6 9.0-0-0 d5 10.N:c6 b:c 11.e:d c:d 12.N:d5 N:d5 13.Q:d5 Qc7 14.Q:a8 Bf5 15.Q:f8+ B:f8 16.Bd3 Be6 17.Kb1 Bg7 18.a3 h5 19.Be2 Qe5 and I resigned.

In next game I played against 2110 CM.

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.d3 0-0 5.0-0 c5 6.e4 d6 7.Re1 Nc6 8.Nbd2 Qc7 9.Nf1 b5 10.h4 h5 11.Bg5 Ng4 12.N1h2 a5 13.c3 b4 14.d4 e5 15.d5 Nb8 16.c4 f5 17.Bd2 f:e 18.R:e4 Bf5 19.Ng5 B:e4 20.Ne6 Qe7 21.N:g4 B:g2 22.N:f8 Q:f8 23.K:g2 h:g and I won.

In round 14 I also won.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d6 3.f:ed:e 4.Nf3 Bd6 5.Bc4 h6 6.0-0 Nf6 7.Nc3 0-0 8.deBe6 9.Bb3 Nc6 10.Qe1 Bg4 11.Nh4 Nd4 12.h3 Bd7 13.Nf5 N:f5 14.e:fc6 15.Ne4 Qe7 16.Qg3 Rad8 17.B:h6 Nh5 18.Qg4 g6 19.B:f8 (Q:g6+ withmate) andIwon.

In round 15 I played with black pieces against one of my friends.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.c:d N:d5 5.e4 N:c3 6.b:c Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Qa5 9.0-0 0-0 10.Be3 Nc6 11.f4 Bg4 12.Rc1 B:e2 13.B:e2 c:d 14.c:d Rfd8 15.e5 Nb4 16.Bf3 Nd5 17.B:d5 R:d5 18.Qb3 b6 19.f5 g:f 20.R:f5 e6 21.Rf3 Rad8 22.Rcf1 R5d7 and I won on time.

In round 16 I won.

1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.Be3 Bg7 5.Qd2 0-0 6.f3 c6 7.0-0-0 Qe7 8.g4 Rd8 9.h4 e5 10.d:e Ne8 11.e:d R:d6 12.Qe1 Be6 13.R:d6 Q:d6 14.Qd2 B:c3 15.Q:c3 Qg3 16.h5 Nd7 17.h:f f:g 18.Bc4 Ng7 19.Bh6 B:c4 20.Q:g7X

4 rounds before the end of the tournament I realized that I had almost provided prize chances. So I decided to play next games just for draw because I knew that leaders would win next games.

In round 17 I played against one of my friends.

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.c:d N:d5 5.e4 N:c3 6.b:c Bg7 7.Nf3 c5 8.e5 Nc6 9.Be2 0-0 10.0-0 Bg4 11.Be3 f6 12.e:f B:f6 13.Rc1 B:f3 14.B:f3 c:d 15.B:c6 d:e 16.Bd5+ Kh8 17.f:e Qb6 18.Qd2 Bg7 19.R:f8+ R:f8 20.a4 Bh6 21.Re1 Bg7 22.Kh1 Qf6=

This draw helped him to get the 1st place in U-14 category.

In round 18 I played with white pieces against CM who didn’t play in tournaments for few years.

1.e4 e5 2.f4 e:f 3.Nf3 d5 4.e:d Q:d5 5.Nc3 Qe6+ 6.Be2 Nc6 7.0-0 Bd7 8.d4 Nb4 9.B:f4 0-0-0 10.Qd2 Nf6 11.Ng5 Qe8 12.Bc4 Be6 13.Rae1 Nbd5 14.N:d5 N:d5 15.Bg3 Qd7 16.K:e6 f:e 17.c3 Bd6 18.B:d6 Q:d6 19.Qg5 Rhf8 20.Q:g7 R:f1+ 21.R:f1 Ne3 22.Bd3 N:f1 23.B:f1 Qd7 24.Qe5 and game ended with draw.

In round 19 my opponent got better position, offered a draw and I accepted it.

In last round I played against a very talented 9-year-old boy. I think that he has great future in chess.

Here is the end of the game.

1…Rdc8 2.Be3 R:c1 3.R:c1 R:c1 4.B:c1 Qc7 5.Bh6 Bf8 6.Nh5 g5 7.f:g B:h6 8.g:h+ Kf7 9.Qg8+ Ke7 10.Qe6+ Kd8 11.h8=Q+ Bf8 12.N:f6? Qc1+ 15.Kh2 Qf4+ and he gave me perpetual check.

So, I got 16 points and took the third place with 2.5 points from next participants. And I got a prize – money =). The tournament gave me great emotions before the new 2015 year.