My first OTB tournament game since 2002

Apr 21, 2010, 8:42 AM |

Parallel with the Anand-Topalov match, there is an open tournament in the same building in which I participate. 68 player participate and among them are 3 GMs, 7 IMs, 1 WIM, 2 FM, 1 WFM, 9 NMs and me. Needless to say, I don't have much chances but that's all right - I play for fun and to see in what shape I am after leaving OTB chess for 8 years.

My first game was today. It was against a 2150ish-rated NM - 230 points above me. But I was not nervous since I was ranked 58th in that tournament - whatever I do it'll be a success. I'm proud of this game, even though I lost. I played very accurate chess (confirmed by Rybka) and my position was better up to the 30th move when I made a blunder (yup, I need to get my calculating ability in shape).

Enjoy the game and the commentary! I'll have 2 more games tommorrow.