My First Chess Tournament

dirtydog301
dirtydog301
Dec 20, 2012, 5:37 PM |
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On February 18-19, 2012 I played the first Chess tournament of my life. At that time I was still very underdeveloped when it came to Chess strategy. I knew about simple tactics like forks, pins, skewers, and discovered attacks, but that was nearly it. I didn't know much about opening theory or endgame play, which explains why I hardly ever got a good position out of the opening and why I made some pretty bad exchanges in some of these games. Luckily, my opponents didn't play the best either. I ended up drawing 3 of my 5 games, even though the first 2 draws should have been losses for me and the third draw was a game that I should have won. Besides those 3 draws, I had one win and one loss. Even though none of my games in this tournament were great, I am glad to have finished with 2.5 out of 5.0 points, as that is better than losing every single game. Here are each of my first five tournament games:

 

Round 1:

 
If the game were to have continued with best play, it would be a draw. However, some people thought that I had a chance to win this game, especially if White tries to hold onto his extra pawn. Here's a possible continuation in which White tries to hold onto his extra pawn:
 
 
As can be seen White will inevitably lose his pawn as there is no good way to defend it. However, if both sides play accurately then the game would likely turn out to be a draw:
 
 
 
Themes: Pins, Taking Space, Using Rooks, Initiative, Good and Bad Bishops, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Backward Pawns, Advanced Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Blockading, Passed Pawns, Pawn Mobility, Attacking the Uncastled King, Rook Endings 
 
 
Round 2:
 
 
 
Themes: Double Attacks, Decoys and Deflection, Removing the Guard, Forks, Zugzwang, Pins, Basic Combinations, King Activity, Opening Lines, Simplification, Using Rooks, Initiative, Undermining the Center, Fianchetto, Isolated Pawns, Advanced Pawns, Blockading, Passed Pawns, Attacking 0-0-0, Exposing the King, Mating Nets, Pawn Storms, Attacking 0-0, Opposite Side Castling
 
 
Round 3:
 
 
 
Themes: Sacrifice, Zugzwang, Pins, King Activity, Taking Space, Open Files, Using Rooks, 7th/2nd Rank Control, Initiative, Undermining the Center, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Passed Pawns, Converting Extra Material, Mating Nets, Attacking 0-0, Basic Checkmates, Basic Pawn Endings, Rook Endings
 
Round 4:
 
 
 
Themes: Double Attacks, Forks, X-Ray Attack, Pins, King Activity, Opening Lines, Simplification, Taking Space, Open Files, Using Rooks, 7th/2nd Rank Control, Undermining the Center, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Opposition, Passed Pawns, Opposite Side Castling, Stalemate, Rook Endings
 
Round 5:
 
 
 
Themes: Double Attacks, Sacrifice, Zugzwang, Pins, Discovered Attacks, Closed Game, Taking Space, Open Files, Using Rooks, 7th/2nd Rank Control, Color Complex, Initiative, Good and Bad Bishops, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Advanced Pawns, Converting Extra Material, Mating Nets, Attacking 0-0