SMAK 6 Cup 2017 - "RHAPSODY"
On the 14th and 15th September 2017, I participated in an annual chess competition in SMAK 6 PENABUR Jakarta. It was a Swiss 13-player 5-round tournament across two days. Unlike last year, I failed to be among the top three. However, I find the games quite interesting (especially the last two). Here are they.
GAME 1: BILLY LAUWDA (SMAK 6) vs WILLIAM NATHANAEL (SMAK 1)
GAME 2 : WILLIAM NATHANAEL (SMAK 1) vs STEVEN IMMANUEL (SMAK 7)
GAME 3 : WILLIAM NATHANAEL (SMAK 1) vs LEONARDO WARSITO (SMAK 5)
GAME 4 : MICHAEL ANDHIKA (SMAK 7) vs WILLIAM NATHANAEL (SMAK 1)
GAME 5 : WILLIAM NATHANAEL (SMAK 1) vs KELVIN LEONARDO (SMAK 5)
A couple of things I learned from this event:
1) The strongest players in the tournament does not shred your chances to win it. On the chessboard, rating is just a number, and both parties start equally with sixteen pieces. On the other hand, those you underestimate might be the one catching you off guard.
2) Being white or black does not really matter. If you are the better player, you will win with both colours. Indeed, the only game I lost was as White, and the only game the winner Michael drew was as White too.
That's it for now!