Ulster Chess Championship 2016
Oct 17, 2016, 3:13 AM
This is my first blog post. I'm going to post about my games and also some other interesting games I come across.
Recently, I played in the junior section of the Ulster Chess Championship held in Belfast from 27th to 29th of August, 2016. It was a six round swiss tournament and I finished joint first on 4.5/6. So, here are my games.
So, it wasn't a great start to the tournament. I should have won this game and was very disappointed at the end. On to the second round...
In contrast to Round 1, this was probably my worst played game of the tournament. I managed to squeeze out a draw in the end after a marathon game of more than 4 hours. Not a good first day overall!
What is going on?? After hours of endgame study, I still manage to botch a completely winning endgame. Need more practice!!
Finally I win! I love playing unusual openings against Ben so I decided to play 1. b4. My shortest game of the tournament.
Probably my favourite game of the tournament. Andrew is quite a strong player and I am glad I was able to win this game after deciding to give up my rook for his knight. After 5 rounds, I realised I could still finish joint 1st if results go my way in the final round (although I could only finish second on tie break)
This was also a good (albeit a bit lucky!) win for me. Stephen is also a strong player. I managed to come out of the opening a bit strong, messed up the middle game and still won in the end as I made the second last blunder of the game. (Story of my chess life!)
Overall, I finished with 3 draws and 3 wins. In hindsight, the draws in Round 1 and 3 stung quite a bit but I'm glad I finished the tournament unbeaten.