Collyer 2018 - Round 1

Feb 26, 2018, 3:02 PM |

This past weekend I traveled to Spokane, Washington to compete for the first time in the annual Collyer Memorial. The Collyer draws players of very high caliber, so my plan was to go in there, learn something, and emerge a few rating points closer to my goal of 1900. 

I scored 3.5 out of 5 and learned a lot, but my rating didn't budge at all. A draw against a 1600s player, and a last-minute loss to a 1900s player, were enough to offset my three victories (with black) against players in the 1400s, 1600s, and 1700s. This is sobering to say the least, as it appears I must win all games against people with a lower rating and lose no games against people with a higher rating. I suppose the difficulty of my objective is what makes it so worthwhile.

In this first round I confronted a veteran who knows many of my friends from Montana and was pleased to meet me. Although I beat him, he played well and went on to have a strong tournament.