My Twelfth Chess Tournament (US Amateur Team Championship South 2013)
I realize that recently I have not been very consistent about posting the games that I have played otb. This is because I have been busy with too many other responsibilities to find the time to do this so often. As it is now my summer break, I currently am not getting a lot of homework to do everynight. So, I now have the time to finish posting all of the games I have played up until now.
In the middle of February I was recruited by a team of three players who needed a top board to play in the US Amateur Team Championship South. Coincidentally, the captain of the team was the same person that I played my first official USCF rated game against in my first tournament. He had seen that over the course of a year I had improved greatly in my gameplay. However, I failed to put up any impressive results this year. I won one game, had two draws (one of which was a half-point bye for our team), and lost the other two games. Probably the most interesting thing about this tournament for me was that I played a FIDE master in Round 1! His name is Angel Perez Quinones and he is the strongest opponent I have ever played against. Even though I lost to him, I am glad to say that I made the game last 61 moves. Here are the games:
Themes: Decoys and Deflection, Back Rank, Trapped Piece, Zugzwang, Pins, King Activity, Opening Lines, Open Files, Using Rooks, 7th/2nd Rank Control, Initiative, Good and Bad Bishops, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Blockading, Passed Pawns, Mating Nets
Themes: Common Checkmating Patterns, Double Attacks, Forks, Clearance Sacrifice, Pins, Windmill, Discovered Attacks, Simplification, Open Files, Using Rooks, 7th/2nd Rank Control, Initiative, Undermining the Center, Fianchetto, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Passed Pawns, Converting Extra Material, Attacking g7/g2, Attacking 0-0
My team took a half-point bye for the third round because two of our team members had other responsibilities at this time and could not stay to play their game.
Themes: Clearance Sacrifice, Pins, King Activity, Simplification, Good and Bad Bishops, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Backward Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Blockading, Opposition, Passed Pawns, Bishop Endings, Complicated Pawn Endings
Themes: Double Attacks, Zwischenzug, Exchange Sacrifice, Pins, Discovered Attacks, King Activity, Bishop Pair, Undermining the Center, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Doubled Pawns, Passed Pawns, Pawn Mobility, Hanging Pawns, Central Pawn Majority, Converting Extra Material, Basic Checkmates, Rook Endings