#62 Phi Kappa Blanca LXII

#62 Phi Kappa Blanca LXII

Feb 20, 2017, 7:26 AM |

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Tournament #62, Phi Kappa Blanca 11/19/94
NCSU Student Union, Raleigh, NC
TD: Robert Singletary
Section: U1800
Time Control: 40/90, G/30
USCF Crosstable

Inside the headphones:

Yes, I was, and still am, a fan of Al, and while it wouldn't be often, when the mood hit me right, I would listen during tournaments...

Unlike the last tournament, in this one, I played well AND got the results.  Game 3 got a bit complex and there were some tactics missed on both sides, but otherwise, my play in this event was solid.  A nice way to close out the year and one of my biggest single tournament rating gains.

My 2nd round game was my first encounter with Mike McHale, another Point A CC player.  While we didn't play much in USCF events, we became pretty fierce rivals at Point A when I started playing there and, I think for the few rated games we have played, ours is the longest standing rivalry (21 years, 16 days between our 1st and 5th USCF games).  He is still active and we will probably play again at some point in the future, I look forward to it.  In our 1st game, he had just learned the Dutch defense and I did something, admittedly unorthodox, but for this game, effective.


Round 1, Game # 186

Round 2, Game #187

Round 3, Game #188
Previous games:
Game #142, Win/Black

Game #185, Draw/Black
Recap: +3 =0 -0
Rating: 1534 -> 1597 (+63)
Career: +89 =32 -67
PKB: +45 =20 -40