Commonwealth Championship Experience
Hello everybody! I am an enthusiastic chess player who loves to learn more about the game. I also love to read and write. In this article I would be talking about my experience of playing in the Commonwealth Chess Championship 2016.
The CCC was held in Waskaduwa, Sri Lanka. It was a wonderful tournament and the experience of playing in my first international tournament was amazing.I was fortunate to be playing for my country.
It is every sports person's dream of playing for their country and that dream of mine came true. The tournament saw strong grandmasters from all over the world. In the first round itself I got to play against a GM. With a meagre rating as compared to the experience of a grandmaster, I lost the game. However,I was overjoyed to be playing against such a strong competitor. It really helped me to improve my game and vision. The next few games were also strong. I got to compete against some amazing players.
In the end I scored 4.5 points out of 9 rounds, which was not that bad for an open tournament like the CCC. I also won a bronze medal, which was the cherry on the cake.
I learnt a lot by playing in this event. Some of the main points that I would consider to be relevant for everyone who wishes to improve are-
1. LEARN TO BE YOURSELF DURING MATCHES AND DON'T FEAR THE OUTCOME.
2.TRY TO PLAY STRONG LINES AGAINST PLAYERS WHO ARE A FEW POINTS ABOVE YOUR RATING.
3.DO NOT WORRY ABOUT THE RATING POINTS UNTIL THE TOURNAMENT CONCLUDES.
4.GIVE YOUR BEST IN EACH MATCH, NO MATTER HOW STRONG THE OPPONENT MIGHT BE.
5.PLAY THE BEST MOVES THAT YOU THINK ARE GOOD FOR YOUR POSITION. GO WITH YOUR INSTINCT. TRUST YOURSELF AND YOUR CALCULATIONS.
6.NEVER GIVE UP EVEN IN THE MOST CRUCIAL SITUATIONS. LASTLY BE MOTIVATED AND CHEERED UP AT ALL TIMES.
These were some of the most important things that I learnt during the course of this tournament. I hope to keep these things in my mind when I am playing my next tournaments. These points will also be useful to you readers as well. Try them out and see the difference. It anyways doesn't take much of your time. Just a few changes in your mindset. JUST DO IT!