Fall Open 2015
This tournament was larger than expected, with a good representation from Oregon as well as Washington. I was too tired Friday night to play in the first round, so played the game/60 accelerated round Saturday morning instead, against a master:
I wasn't happy with my clock handling, but losing to a master is something I can face with relative equanimity.
Round 2 I was paired down, but against a player I've played several times with less than stellar results--something about his style troubles me. I was surprised he didn't repeat the Exchange French against me, as he'd gotten a good position with it last time before losing on a poorly calculated combination.
I hestitate to publish the round 3 game. Objectively it's just a terrible game. But I think it's worth examining on psychological grounds: both players apparently had severe brainworms, thinking a particular move was possible when it was not. And two pretty strong players miss a completely lethal combination because it doesn't fit the expected search image.
To my great surprise, the result of drawing a master was being paired with a 1400 player. No criticism of the TD here--I got the same results trying to hand-pair the rounds--but my pairings were weird overall: every single opponent was 300+ points from my rating, one way or the other.
In the last round I was paired against Samuel He, and sitting next to me Travis Olsen was paired with his brother Daniel He. They may be twins; they sure look similar to me. Halfway through the games Travis and I took stock and found we were both down two pawns. The brothers have a very confident appearance over the board, which was well justified in this round.
So a final score of 2.5 against 3 masters and 2 C-players. Weird tournament. I wish I'd beaten Bragg, but I did enjoy myself throughout. My Dutch is still struggling, though neither game was a Stonewall which is what I've mainly been studying lately.
Josh Sinanan told me that a WA Womens' Championship is being organized for December. Unfortunately it falls on a weekend when I'm away at a scientific conference. Phooey. Maybe next year. I still hope to play in the Booster section of the WA Championship, though we have so many young players improving so fast that I wonder if I'll make it. We're suddenly awash in tiny Experts.