The quest for Class C OTB
Starting playing in some local tournaments with a long term goal of being > 1399 OTB. Current rating as of the last supplement is 1199, but should bump to a whopping 1229 here in Feb. Last Saturday I ended up with a disappointing 2.5 / 4 score in the under 1250 division. In this group I get paired up with kids and beginner adults. A fair number of these kids are much, much stronger than their rating would suggest as they are vectoring up. First game, I didn't feel warmed up. I tried a few tactics beforehand on the tactics trainer and couldn't get any. Round 1 I was black on the top board and in move 11 as black - absolute chess blindness / insanity. I hung a knight on a5. Lol. Sadly the White Queen was sitting on D2 and I dropped my knight for no compensation. My opponent later asked if I had something in mind, if I saw a tactic or trap. Nope. Just a blunder. Ended up losing. 0/1. 2nd game I was White against a Pirc Defense: Classical Variation. Solid game until my opponent missed a knight fork that ultimately led to the win. 1/2. Third game was interesting. Played someone ranked slightly over 1000 in a Ruy Lopez. Putting the game into chess.com for analysis, their CAPS rating was 97.1 and found the best move 67.7% of the time. Ended in a draw due to some time pressure and both of us thinking the other person had a win. 1.5 / 3 Final position in FEN if anyone is interested.
8/8/1pp4p/2n1k3/p1P1Pp2/5PP1/3R3P/6K1 w - - 0 36 I did not see the "winning" plan of avoiding 10-15 knight forks, walking my king towards the center and my king sides pawns outracing their queenside pawns. Final game was a Sicilian that both sides played well in the opening and made more dubious moves in the middlegame. My opponent gracefully resigned down significant material. 2.5 / 4. I was targeting 3 points or better so not exactly what I was hoping for. Will be doing more tactics and start to look at endgames. All advice welcome. At some point I would like to find a coach (inexpensive! :-) ).