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SORRY BUT I WILL BE PLAYING FOR A WIN!

SORRY BUT I WILL BE PLAYING FOR A WIN!

ponz111
Dec 24, 2013, 10:38 AM 21

SORRY BUT I WILL BE PLAYING FOR A WIN! 

 

In the 1960s i lived in Decatur IllinoIs far from the chess activity in Chicago.

There were USCF tournaments in the area however. Some in Peoria Illinois.

My friend, Tom and I would do well in these tournaments. They were always 5 rounds or games.

 

Tom and I would win the first 4 games ad be paired against each other in the 5th round. 

And every time this 5th round game would end in a draw. and we would share first place with 4 wins and a draw. [this happened several times.]

There was no written or verbal agreement that the last game would be drawn. It is just that both of us did not try very hard to win.

However, one tournament the senario did not work.  This was because I had lost a game and my score was 3 wins and a loss.  Tom, as usual, had 4 straight wins. 

Tom and I were paired to play each other in the last round. Tom, was elated as a draw with  me would give him the tournament win.

Also I had the black pieces. 

Before Tom could celebrate too much I told him "Sorry but I will be playing for a win."  

Tom could not believe it!  That I would do this! He changed from being elated to somewhat depressed and somewhat angry at me.  Never-the-less I told him I would try and tie for first place by winning from him. So we played the game and I won. Then there was a 3 way tie for first place with three player having 4 wins and one loss. 

Why did I do this?  I dunno but am damn competitive! Did I do the right thing or did I betray my friend? 

Again, I am not sure.  If I had to do it over again maybe I would have offered a draw early in the final game.

This story continues!  I did not see Tom at any tounaments for a while.

Then one day he showed up at a tournament at his hometown of Peoria. But he was not there to play he wanted to borrow money from me. It seems he got this female pregnant and needed the money.  

Now I have a policy not to loan money to family or friends. But I did not follow my own policy.

Loaned him $200 which was a lot of money those days.

After that I never heard from Tom again and he never played in a chess tournmnt I was in.

It has been about 45 years. I do not know if Tom is alive or not?  

With accumulation of cost of living I figure he owes me about $1400.

A few years ago I looked up his USCF rating.  He had made USCF master...

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