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I just finished my first real life tournament and I made... duh, duh, dun!! 1st! No joke! It was in the forth round (last round) it was a super close game! I was 3-0-0 and my opponent was 2-0-1 (the 1 being a draw). But then I saw it... a knight sack to get my pawn into promotion and the only way to stop it was to sack his rook 4 moves later! I sacked my knight and he took, then I had an easy endgame that resulted in victory. I was awarded a heavy, shiny trophy that I'm wearing around my neck right now. But getting the nice shiny trophy wasn't my favorite part of it. My favorite part was getting to shake the hand of a former grandmaster and hearing the word "Congratulations" from him. :))))
Oh, I almost forgot! They (the staff) took my picture with the other winners (in different categories) and the picture is gonna be in my city's newspaper! I also became friends with the person in the 8th and older category, also I'm supposed to be meeting him on this website soon! :) He said he was a 1560.
(And I think he would be happy if I don't say that I beat him in an unrated game afterwards!)
That's it! My first tournament! And I made first place! :D
And congrats to Ryan Fortsky. ;)
My new friend who also made first place. :)
I knew you were gonna do well!Congrats and let this just be a stepping stone for the bright future to come!
Yeah! I'm glad there was a tournament close to my house!
Any chance we can get the games? Well done.
Wow, good job Caleb. :) (TL from chesskid) that's pretty cool. :)
Very nice work! Congrats!
Thanks TerrificLight!! I didn't win $375 like you did but I loved it! xD
And sorry. We didn't write down the games. Usually ever year they don't get a very big croud (it was the biggest turnout yet!), plus we're a bunch of kids so I don't know. They didn't tell us to right down our games.
Were the games USCF rated?I always thought it was Mandatory to write down the moves,atleast in FIDE it is!Dunno but write down ur moves the next time,really helpful and by analyzing those games u can get even better!
in the USCF rulebook there is nowhere that says that it is mandatory for scholastic tournaments - it is at the tournament director's discretion for beginners. However, at every scholastic tournament I ever went to, the usual defacto standard that 99% of the TDs use is that if you're over 9 years old OR over 900 USCF rating, you should notate. Having said that, if you know how to notate and there is a delay in the time control (or if there is no clock at all), you should notate regardless of age or rating. The greatest way of learning in chess is by going back and analyzing your own games. Unless you have a fantastic memory, chances are you won't remember your games.
Oh,dint know bout that!But in every FIDE tournament ive ever played it was mandatory to notate regardless of age cuz after ur game uve gotta submit the scoresheet along with the results
It wasn't rated. But it was a real life tournament hosted by a former grandmaster. I've been getting emails talking about these USCF rated tournaments I can now join cause I won this small in-town tournament.
And I know how to notate perfectly. :)
But I do remember one unrated game I played with somebody while I was waiting for the other players to finish up their games! :O
I just relized if he did that on purpose or not! :o