My over the board chess "career" continued at the 2014 Birmingham Chess Rapidplay tournament on 12th October 2014. I finished with 2.5 out of 6 (2 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses.) I finished 21st out of 34. I was slightly disappointed to have finished below halfway especially as I had being on 2.5 out of 4. The order of my matches in terms of results went WDLWLL so to end the day with 2 defeats was a bit of a disappointing reward for my efforts.
They do say that a chess defeat is never wasted if you learn a lesson from it. The 1st defeat out of those 3 (in the 3rd game) I was black, and my opponent with white went for the Danish Gambit opening. It was an opening I was not familar with, but found out about it in the best and also the worst way possible suffering a heavy defeat from it.
The ratings were for those under 110 ECF, and the time limit was all moves within 20 minutes + 10 seconds per move. The list of moves is played below.
I could take you through everything but it seems to me as though the moves I did were the obvious.
But this led me thinking. Obviously there must be better ways to defend it as black than I did, otherwise everyone as white would do it all the time. So what could I or should I have done differently.
Most of everything I have seen since Sunday points out why its a good opening for white, but as black I fell straight for the trap. Something I will want to avoid a repeat of!