Success at the Maryland Open-Dual Blog
Hey everyone, this is my first blog post since about nine months ago, since I haven't had a good tournament to blog about! After my very successful Potomac Open last August (Check out my previous two blog pots to see that tournament) where my rating soared to 1847 USCF, I hit a mental wall and began shedding rating points. Going into this tournament my rating was only 1732, so I played in the Under 1800 section along with my friend Niraj (His username is MarioChessNiraj, you can find a link to his blog at the bottom of the page). It was a lot of fun, and I even won a check for $300 for scoring 4 out of 5 points Anyway, on to the games:
Round 1: G45 + inc. 30"
In Round 1 a played an older man who I had beaten in a previous tournament (I blogged that tournament, it was the CAC Fide Open). I had a decent position in a Maroczy Bind and had a nice initiative going, but I traded queens into a worse endgame. Fortunately, my opponent couldn't find a way to break through and offered me a draw. Here is the game:
Round 2- G45 + inc. 30"
In this round I was paired with a young kid who I think was about 8 years old. I won a pawn early but got really passive. My opponent got his pawn back and had a winning endgame due to a passed a-pawn. The position was losing for me, but my opponent blundered badly and I got a miracle win. Here is the game:
In the first game on Sunday I played a friendly teenager who I had never met before. I played my normal French Defence Tarrasch lines, and had a nice combination that won me material. It was a bit of a struggle for a few moves after that, but then he blundered a rook. Here is the game:
In the final round I played a friendly, older adult who also had 3/4 points. I played the Benko Gambit, and was getting positionally beaten. My opponent had a way to win an exchange, but he missed it and I won a pawn. Then, he sacrificed two minor pieces to try to start an attack on my king, but I defended well and he resigned soon after. Here is the game: