2015 Philadelphia Open: My Worst Tournament Yet
This past weekend, as part of a grand trip to do some college visiting during my Spring Break, I played in the 2015 Philadelphia Open. It was a great tournament. There were so many prodigies and famous players that I was thrilled to be able to play. I was in the 3-day section, but I was able to see some Round 1 games of the 4-day section since I arrived on Thursday night, and I was in awe of the number or really famous chessplayers in that tournament room. After that, I thought I was in for a lot of fun.
Unfortunately, I had not just a bad tournament, but probably my worst so far. I played so badly that my rating dropped 65 points (!) and I am now back in Class B territory again. I officially scored 2.5/7, but one of those points was a bye, and I was actually at 0/5 heading into the final day, when I saved a little face by getting 1.5/2. The worst part was that I came into the tournament expecting to play strong players, and I suppose a good deal of my opponents were underrated, but since I kept losing over and over again, I kept getting paired with people rated lower than I was, which was not at all what I wanted. I guess I could have registered for U2200 if that was really what I wanted, but then I'd still probably have had a terrible performance.
My problems were too numerous to mention, and as per usual I had no shortage of tactical blunders, but this time around, I was actually really frustrated with my stupid positional errors in some games. Some were caused by lack of calculation (such as my silly queen maneuver Qa5-b6-b4-a5-c7 being caused by me missing white's Bd2 idea) but others were caused by me just not focusing and being inattentive. Also, I just didn't understand how to play some of the positions I was getting, especially on both sides of IQPs in Games 1 and 3. In any case, I have a lot of work to do.
Some of the games will not have much in the way of annotations. I haven't thoroughly analyzed them all and after this tournament, I'm not sure I'm even qualified to annotate my games, haha. The first two games were played with a faster time control than the rest because I was in 3-day.
Round 1: G60 d10