September Knights at the St. Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center

Sep 4, 2008, 6:42 PM |

First game of the September Knights tournament, first place wins entry into the Club Tournament next March. As a newcomer to tournament chess I competed in the August Knights Tournament and had a great deal of fun learning about tournament chess. I got my USCF membership, MCF (Missouri Chess Federation) card and met some really cool people and learned a lot about chess. Not enough however to beat my evil brother Chess337, Lee.

Last night was the first game of the September Knights, I being a master of common sense had 3 social engagements scheduled on the same night. So I manipulate them all into one gathering, an 8.30pm food friendship arrangement at my new apartment.

So I register and I'm excited and the pairings are put up, there were about 10 players there last night, but the size of the tournament typically grows after the first week. I'm playing Daniel Coryea on table 4, black! Oh well.

So I was going to post the game again, but I lost my game notation! I'll search the office for it tomorrow and see if I can't get it up.

Basically, an unhappy girlfriend is a considerable handicap in tournament play. I was moving fairly quickly and I'll admit made some early blunders as I typically do. I wanted to get a good game in and I was doing okay untill around the 15 move mark when the phone calls and text messages started coming in. "Where are you?" "I'm here, let me in."

Yikes! Not conducive to patient play, I was moving very quickly, while Daniel on the other hand was taking his time, 10 minutes here, 15 minutes here, as my clock read 49 mins remaining Mr Coryea was around the 27 minute mark.

Then my friends started to arrive at my home. The lady was not happy with my absence. Mr. Coryea by this time had sufficiently knocked me pretty much clean off the board and in my haste I'd already practically thrown in the towl. I conceded two moves before mate. Shook hands and then went home for good times with good friends. If only the chess had of been a bit better! Learning more all the time, thanks to St. Louis' new club and some strong competition.