Saturday, March 31, 2012

Gambito #558

Decided to get my chess in since I missed my Wednesday night game while on vacation. Had an interesting day. Definitely not my best playing. I only feel good about how I played in Round 1. Round 2 I got very lucky on. Round 3 I am quite disappointed in myself about (most disappointing loss I've had to date, I think). Round 4 I was tired and felt like I was flailing around.

Round 1 was my first tournament try at Panov-Botvinnik:

Round 2:
Updated to add: The game continued for at least 5 more moves from the end here that I didn't get notated due to time trouble. The position was more definitive at the actual end when Fred resigned.

Round 3. I can't believe I managed to lose this one.

Round 4:

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Reserve Championship - Round 5

Both lucky and not on this one. I made a very unsound attack based on a prepped system I studied this past week. We went way off the studied line, and I tried to make it happen anyway. I got lucky to get out of the attack up when I could have been losing a lot. Then I got lucky again when there was a pawn push opportunity that my opponent missed. Then I froze up in the end game as usual and offered a draw when I was still winning because I couldn't figure out how to proceed and was scared of just ending up losing because I'm so bad in the endgame.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 Reserve Championship - Round 4

Got to try out my new project, the Tarrasch opening. Started well, and then I missed a simple tactic that dropped my queen. Boo.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

2012 Reserve Championship - Round 3

This game was messy from both sides. I think we may both have been a little thrown off our game by not being used to playing a tournament game against a friend. :) I got lucky getting the win despite the messy play!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Super Gambito

I decided to play another Gambito this weekend! Probably not going to play more for a bit. A few weeks ago I had an embarrassing loss, and I got a chance to redeem myself round 1 today.

Round 2 was rough:

Thursday, March 1, 2012