Friday, October 29, 2010

Tough game Thursday

I got to play one of the 2 top players that play at the Escondido Chess Club. As expected, I lost, but I felt like I did decently, all things considered. :) I didn't see that at the end after 30. Qf2 Be3 I still had a threat with 31. Rd1 or I would have played it out a little farther.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Weird game last week

So this game actually got logged as a draw because on move 51 my opponent put his rook in a spot that would have dropped it, but asked if he could take it back since he hadn't hit his clock yet, and I let him. We both found out afterward that the rules say once you let go, it's final, so he said that I won, but I felt weird about it so I marked it draw :)

Sunday, October 10, 2010

National Chess Day Gambito

I played in a four round tourney yesterday. I won 2 and lost 2, but overall felt better than the last time I tried the 4 rounder. Update: I just found that I won the best game prize in the "Reserve section" for one of my wins!

Below is one of my losses. My opponent was a 9 year old, who apparently has been playing in USCF rated games since he was 5.

Update: Here is my other loss, the last game of the day.

And here is the game that won me the $15 best game prize! :)

Friday, October 8, 2010

Another Thursday night game

Got a win, and am happy with how I played. Just ran the computer analysis.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Another loss

I haven't had the computer analyze this one yet, but it has some good evidence that I need more endgame study! My opponent and I each made several mistakes throughout: him letting me out of a disaster by accepting a queen trade, and then my not too long afterwards "trading" my knight for a pawn, but it came down to a Philidor position at the end which should be a draw but that I screwed up.

UPDATE: Game updated with computer analysis (which is a little depressing!)