Boca Turkey Bowl
If there was a theme for these games, it is that defending a position is tiring work. In each game, the question was whether the defender would crack under the strain.
My first game pitted me against a 1500 player. Funny. A year ago, I was a 1500 player.
So round 1 was always a win or a draw the entire game. The next round I got pitted against a lower rated player. I assumed he had managed to beat a highly rated player so I did not want to take him lightly.
So far, two easy wins even after a few misteps. But suddenly I found myelf on board two against a higher rater opponent. Surely this time my luck would run out.
I did not sleep much that night and woke up with a splitting head ache. And the fun was only going to begin.
So the tournament then came down to the last game. Fortunately, I would be black. Which is odd to say, but I felt pretty confident about the situation.
So I ended the tournament with 3 wins and 2 draws. And I ended up tied for second. While I could have played far better, I was happy with the result.