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My performance at Hialeah rated tournament

  • #1

    Hey everyone! I was a 1327 before this tournament which had 35-45 players in it. These are my games with anootations. If youd like to briefly view through and comment thatd be a world to me! Time control was 30 minutes and its K-12. 

    Round 1: 

    round 2: 

    round 3:

    round 5 the last round 

  • #2

    Round 2. 8th move. instead of moving bishop back, look at taking the knight on f6. He takes back, then you drop the check with the queen on the A file, causing him to waste a move. If he takes the bishop on the d3 and you take back with the queen, you still look good. 

  • #3

    the wasted move could be the knight moving back

  • #4

    Seems like you played well! The endgame in the third game is probably a draw in my view. You can't really leave the kingside with either of your pieces since he has the threat to create a passed pawn, and you can't create a passed pawn while his bishop is on c3, bad as it looks. There's danger present for both sides in pressing for the win so a draw in time pressure is a fair decision.

  • #5

    If you want see my recent tournament games, see my blog "Mississauga Open 2013".

    Good games!

  • #6

    Third Game. Move 7. Instead of responding with the queen, you should have taken on e4. after that, he/she can only respond by castling. then bishop takes, pawn takes back, then d5. you would have had strong initiative. Although he'll then try to pin your knight, you castle, let him take. If he doesnt take, pin his knight with your bishop. You would have gotten something out of it

  • #7

    In game one I think 10...h6 is a waste of time instead I think

    castleing on either side would be good or playing 10...d5 would be good.

    I thought it was interesting that you thought ?? lol when your opponent played 11.Nh3 since I think that is the best move.

    I suspect you have one of most common syndromes in all of chess.

    Doubled Pawnsalitis which instictively caused you to think taking that knight was good.11...Bxh3 makes me think you didn`t consider where that knight could move for very long.

    Taking that knight on general priciple is not advisable.

    Tip ...don`t capture anything that cannot move.

  • #8

    I agree with NM-Dale on the first note, but ...Bxh3 is just winning a pawn for free, so Nh3 cannot be correct.  Nf3 leaves Black at least equal, but doesn't lose material.


    The second round game should never ever be a draw.  Here would be my thinking, at just a quick look at the final position given.  Black is going to play ...Ng6 to free his Nh8 which may become trapped after h2-h4-h5 otherwise, so White will gain a tempo with Be4 and follow with Ra8+ to keep the Knight restricted.  Cover the pawn with Rd8 and proceed with h2-h4-h5 and make Black do something.

    White has a passer, it should always be a win, even trading the Bishop for the Knight.


    The third game is probably objectively drawn but White's Kingside majority is strangely impotent, Black with ...Nd6 sets some interesting problems.  He looks at e4, c4, b5, and also the breakouts with ...c5 or ...a5 will always be possible if the Bishop moves away.  In any case, it is the sort of position you should torture the opponent with by playing out since it is almost impossible to lose if you are careful as Black.


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