Thurlo Mishler Memorial
Hi everyone! This is my first blog post hope you enjoy.
I played in the Thurlo Mishler Memorial in the Arcadia Chess Club. Started out pretty bad in the beginning. Losing to an expert, drawing a 1700, LOSING to a 1700, but then I started to do better. In the first game I was paired up with Alex Gojich, and expert rated 2057. Here's our game.
My coach told me about the f5 thing, where I had to wait for white to play d5 before I play f5. I had a feeling I would win next round really easily, which I was, but a simple blunder made it a draw. We played a pretty sharp opening, the Najdorf. BUM BUM BUM!! He didn't know some Poisoned Pawn theory however, so I got ahead in the opening. But I could have been up an exchange but a careless mistake helped him get two knights for my rook and some pawns. He was only 1702 Here's our game.
I was so dissapointed after the game. I was in such a good position, his pieces being misplaced. Then, I make this careless blunder which costs me the game. In the next round, I got my first win, yay! It was only against a 1400 though... But I kind of got lucky, I was playing horrible, and then, he bangs the pieces and bangs the clock, thinking he's destroying me. But then, he blunders mate!! I was so happy and in my mind I was hysterical.
This was not such a good game. I played pretty bad. When I was showing my coach this game, he was telling me I should have played 9.g4!, which does a lot of damage. This game got my hopes up and in the next game, I was destroying a 1900, but then I offered a draw. WHY DID I DO THAT?? I was so frustrated with myself after the game, and it was stuck in my head for the next two days. UGH!
The next round was the final one. I knew I needed to win badly. I just didn't want to drop under 1800. So I was playing for a win. Luckily, I got paired up against a 1900 and won. WOW. He blundered so badly at one point, and so I won his queen and checkmated him. Here's the game.
I'm not sure where exactly I went wrong, (maybe I didn't) but I think it may have been Bxf6 which was wrong.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed!