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Thanks for all the advice and well-wishes going into my first 30/90, G/60 tournament. I brought a CD player but never found occasion to use it--there were too many exciting things happening on my board and around me! The first games went well.
Round 1: USCF 600 vs likesforests
Ironically, I faced a student I'm coaching in round 1.
Round 2: likesforests vs USCF 1600
In round 2 I faced the highest-rated player in the tournament.
draco_alpine > I thought they were really good games, I love the french but your students theory was a bit lax on it.
She normally opens d4 and plays a Colle. Unfortunately, I taught her everything she knows about it, so she tried something different. If she wanted to avoid theory at all costs, b4 or g4 would've been interesting alternatives!
draco_alpine > I really hate 4 vs 3 pawns and rook endgames i seem to draw everyone congratulations on the play!
Thanks! The win just required a little patience, especially since I entered the endgame with my rook in a better position.
I thought they were really good games, I love the french but your students theory was a bit lax on it.
I noticed 16)... Bxc3 17) Bxc3 Bb5! wait Qxc3 my bad
I really hate 4 vs 3 pawns and rook endgames i seem to draw everyone congratulations on the play!
Thanks, hiectunc. I had a good night's sleep.
I'm simulataneously optimistic (having taken out the top seed) and worried (my future opponents will also have two wins).
> PS : in the 1st game, I noticed 26...e5 en passant
I immediately saw the possibility 26...e5 27.h5 exf4 28.hxg6 but decided not to calculate further as it introduced complications and I was a R+P up. Dagnabbit, if I had looked at 27...Rxf4 I would've played it. Gotta not be so lazy today.
Congratulations on this very strong start !
Now the challenge is to keep your focus and not drift into overoptimism
Good luck for the remaining games.
And don't forget to have good sleep !
PS : in the 1st game, I noticed 26...e5 en passant
I love endings and helping others learn to play. I placed 5th in my section at the World Open, won a recent U1600 with a perfect score, and aim to one day be a chess master. :)
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by likesforests 7 years ago
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