Newport Open Round 5

mueller
mueller
Jun 23, 2011, 11:04 PM |
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Round 5! My game started at 2 PM. With 2.5/4 I was matched with John Chung. I think he is from Waldport but I could be wrong. He was rated ~2050. A comparable strength to my first opponent (who I lost to). I was sort of expecting to lose, especially as black. So I played a slightly suspect opening (that I didn't know as well as I thought I did). Not the best way to play, but I wanted to have fun.

 

 

And that is all she wrote. 2.5/5. A draw against a 1950. A win against a 1775. A win against a 1550. 2 losses to 2000+ players. My rating will go up. But I didn't do well enough in my section to win any of my money back. If I had 3/5 I would have gotten ~25$ back (because other players in the 1600-1800 section) scored 3/5 also and split the prize.

A fun tournament, where I didn't play great, but I didn't play terribly. I screwed up the openings and if I survived, I fought into the endgame. Not sure when my next tournament is, but I enjoy the experience I get and the chance to spend some time at the beach.

 

edit: as a bonus here is the position on board 1. I was watching this after my game was over. White had an extra pawn, but it hadn't moved at all, so I was curious how  they would make progress.

I didn't get a chance to look at all the boards in all the rounds, but I am going to give the blunder of the tournament here to white. It was on board 1 in round 5. He had 500 rating points on his opponent. He had 4/4 and his opponent had 3.5/4, so they were placing for first place. (Note: the exact placement of the white rook and black rook may move up and down on c & d, I can't remember exactly where, but I'm pretty sure this is correct). Not to rip on white too much, as he was a very good sport about it and resigned after Rd1+, and he was quite a sincere and pleasant person, and I am sure he is kicking himself enough for Rfc1??