My Sixteenth Chess Tournament

Aug 1, 2013, 3:25 AM |

This tournament was not so great for me. While I won my first two games, I lost the last two. Nevertheless, there were plenty of blunders in all of these games. So, in each game both players had plenty of chances to win, lose, or draw. My inability to find the drawing continuations in Rounds 3 and 4, where I was worse, cost me one whole point and prevented me from placing in the prize money.

Round 1:


Themes: Double Attacks, Decoys and Deflection, Forks, Zwischenzug, Trapped Piece, Zugzwang, Exchange Sacrifice, Pins, King Activity, Simplification, Using Rooks, Passed Pawns, Converting Extra Material, Mating Nets, Basic Checkmates, Basic Pawn Endings


Round 2:

Themes: Advanced Combinations, Sacrifice, Exchange Sacrifice, Closed Game, Using Knights, Initiative, Fianchetto, Advanced Pawns, Blockading, Exposing the King, Attacking 0-0, Queenside Attacks, Counterattack


Round 3:

Themes: Sacrifice, Zwischenzug, Zugzwang, Opening Lines, Using Bishops, Using Rooks, Outposts, Initiative, Using the Queen, Fianchetto, Development, Exposing the King, Mating Nets, King Hunt, Attacking 0-0


Round 4:

Themes: Double Attacks, Perpetual Attack, Forks, Zugzwang, Pins, King Activity, Opening Lines, Simplification, Using Knights, Taking Space, Using Bishops, Isolated Pawns, Blockading, Passed Pawns, Bishop Endings