My "Slowest" Tourney, Finale

Round 3: likesforests vs 1200

After a good night's sleep I was ready to rumble. More than once I stopped to admire the trophy that might soon be mine.

Round 4: 1500 vs likesforests

I'm up against a Russian who hasn't competed in a US tournament for eight years. The tie-breaks favor him, so he's content with a draw.

The TD suggests I agree--we would both win our sections outright and get an undivided first place prize fund. That's of no consequence to me. I want to win. I want the trophy.

A split-second after playing 21...Re6 I realized I had missed 21...g6.

I'm furious at myself for losing. I didn't even stay for my $120 consolation prize. Damn. Damn. $*&@)(%#! Next time, next time...


  • 7 years ago


    Without further comments: Two very  good games !

    Friendly greetings,


  • 8 years ago


    You played well most of this game, but then started getting too defensive.
    Your 21...g6 looks OK (though no forced win), but you seem to be under the false impression it wins the Q, but it does not, he just goes 22. Qh4.

    However if you play 23..BxNg3 followed by 24...Qb6! you are on top.  After say 25 b3 you have ...Qa6 hitting a3 and threatening to invade Qe2.

  • 8 years ago


    Similar thing happened to me in my last tournament few last week! PLayed poorly in my last game to get no money :(. Your opponent somehow missed 30. Qh3 for a win! I dont think your should have been moving that rook so much! You attacked his queen then moved it back to the same place thus giving your opponent a free tempo!

  • 8 years ago


    I should've considered ...f6 before ...g6 or ...f5 because it follows the strategic principle of putting the pawns on the color opposite your bishop.

  • 8 years ago


    scowgod , I'm annoyed I fell for a simple tactic, and better defense would've survived longer, but as soon as White advanced his pawns my position would've crumbled.

    My biggest mistake was how I responded to f2-f4.

    a) I didn't like abandoning the only open file with ...Rf6.

    b) I didn't like giving myself a horrible bishop with ...f5.


    c) I decided to stop the f-pawn with ...g6, and if it advanced alone my pieces would attack it and prove it was weak.

    A poor plan, since I have a light-squared bishop that can't attack the pawn on f6!

    Better was simply 27...f6.

  • 8 years ago


    ...37 Qc7 seemed to put your Queen out of action. Would something like 37 Qf8 or Qe8 have been better?

  • 8 years ago


    hicetnunc , I will definitely analyze these games in detail soon.

    uritbon , sorry to hear that. Hopefully you are studying chess while listening to that classical music in a darkened room. ;)

    batgirl , it gives me, in hicetnunc's words,  energy to channel. Mon/Tue I went through 85 pages of Watson's Mastering Chess Openings, Volume III with an analysis board, which is not light reading. I am never going to lose this way again.

  • 8 years ago


    "I'm furious at myself for losing. I didn't even stay for my $120 consolation prize. Damn. Damn. $*&@)(%#! Next time, next time..."

    That's the correct attitude for the "successful"  tournament player!  
    And attitude is everything (almost).

  • 8 years ago


    check out my :"status" 'sitting in a dark room listening to classical music' why do you think i am sitting in a dark room listening to classical music? (lost a tourney, dropped from an easy win and first place in 1 very simple move to second due to tie break...)

    but, as said, other chances will come.

  • 8 years ago


    It should be interesting for you to review this game with a cold head and see how your emotions have affected your play.

    Obviously, chesswise, you were perfectly up to the challenge, so it's more a question of self-control and (as often) correct channeling of one's energy Smile

  • 8 years ago


    mauerblume > So this time you were not luckily.

    Receiving Black and the tie-breaks were unlucky for me, but I am at least half-way responsible for creating the loss.

    mauerblume > there will come other opportunities!

    That's what I need to focus on.

    SamuraiChess > it's hard to come across better fuel for some hardcore chess studying

    Aye. I don't own a punching bag, so I will be taking some of my frustration out on my poor analysis board this morning. Next time. Wink

  • 8 years ago


    I hate losing too, with a passion! But it's hard to come across better fuel for some hardcore chess studying than a bitter loss. Wink

  • 8 years ago


    Decisive  rounds have their own rules. - Everything can happen. So this time you were not luckily, but there will come other opportunities!-

    So perhaps there was nothing wrong with Bd7/Nf5 /Nxe3.- But I do not like that manoevre . It is in my view too direct played forward for  win. -

    Perhaps here you should have looked for a more patient strategy

  • 8 years ago


    Partly, the loss was so infuriating because I know I can play better chess than this! I think I didn't handle the pressure of the last game very well, and missing 21...g6 did nothing to settle my nerves. Grrrr.... I hate losing for stupid reasons.

  • 8 years ago


    My performance rating was apparently USCF 1557.

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