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Pittsburgh Chess League Round 1

Pittsburgh Chess League Round 1

Sep 18, 2012, 6:21 PM 2

The Pittsburgh Chess League has started up for a new year!  This is the 52nd year of the league's existence, making it one of the longest-standing around the country.  Players of all levels, ages and walks of life play every month - from children to college age to adults, from 100s to 2200s and higher, and students, workers and teachers.  It is a great competitive environment, but more importantly it is fun.  People there come from all different backgrounds, but all of them have chess in common.

I am currently the captain of a team called the Dark Knights.  We are a team in Division IV made up mostly of young players (as young as 7 or 8).  It's not a serious division - no one is following us or expecting results.  This is where the young players learn to play in the league, to become part of the real team.  So far, being captain has been a fun experience. 

From now on, I'll be posting my game from the league each month, along with the result of the match.  In round 1, we drew against Pitt V.  We had a loss on board 4, a quick draw on board 3, a long, hard-fought draw on board 2 (my co-captain playing that game) and a win on board 1.  I played board 1.  This game was a lot of fun, and I leaned on a lot of Dragon themes to win it.  My opponent was good, and had good ideas, but he tucked too quickly into his shell when he should have been attacking, and I was able to exploit this and translate it into a win.

For the entire team, the league got off to a good start.  I am happy to be a part of this and I cannot wait for next month's match!

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