Slomski's Rapid Chess Training League - Season 1: The Playoffs

IM hellokostya
Hi folks, in previous blogs I've offered coverage of an online training league, known as Slomski's Rapid Chess Training League. 

The league is open to players rated around 1600-2300, who are looking to get some extra competition against other ambitious players without having to travel for an OTB tournament. 

This past January saw the playoffs for the league, an 8-player knockout format tournament until a winner was decided. The format for each match was as follows: Best of two Rapid games 20 + 10, and if the score is still tied then Blitz 5 + 0 until someone wins a game (lower rated player gets White first). 

Here are the results, round by round, with selected games annotated by yours truly. While there were two forfeited matches due to no-shows, there were still quite a few interesting games, and plenty to learn from. I tried to choose a highlight from each match, enjoy!


39clues (#1) vs bspurt (#5)

floydAkash (#2) vs CraiggoryC (#6) (forfeit no games)

fianchettoer (#3) vs Fischwitsch (#7)

Luckyiki (#4) vs TheEnglishMuon (#8)


bspurt (#5) vs TheEnglishMuon (#8)

CraiggoryC (#6) vs Fischwitsch (#7) (forfeit no games)


bspurt (#5) vs Fischwitsch (#7)

Congrats to bspurt! Well played! The next season of Slomski's Rapid Chess Training League will start sometime next fall. If you are rated between 1600-2300 and are interested in joining, contact Matthew Slomski and tell him you want to join!