University of Miami Tournament - February 2015 Edition

Feb 9, 2015, 4:27 PM |

I took time out of my personal matters to play a quick tournament at the University of Miami.  My results were not spectacular, but I was not unhappy with my performance overall.  My first game was, by far, my worst.

Not an auspicious start to the tournament.  Still, I was still in the game as the opening finished up.  So there is that to build on.  The next game saw better results as my opponent completely flubbed his opening and I took advantage.

So, I am now 1-1.  And that's when I am paired up with my roughly equal rated opponent for the first time.  While I walked out of the round satisfied with the result, I realized while preparing this that I had all the winning chances in the endgame and I failed to even realize it.  Needless to say, I am a mite disappointed in myself at the moment.  Here is an example of a failure to play through an endgame.

So, I'm out of the money.  The last round, I'm paired against a recurring opponent.  

Not my best tournament performance.  But analyzing the games, especially the third game, taught me a fair amount about transitioning from middle to end game and to not give up and accept a draw until that fact is clear.