Mini clap celebration to me (FIDE 1285 versus FIDE 1675+)

What a great day of chess artistry it was. The Regional Hassra Chess Tournament took on a whole new persona with new and old players sizing each other up like gladiators from bygone Roman times. Eight chess mad enthusiasts all vying for a place on the podium. I too checked out my competition and stalked the room searching for some kind of divine intervention that would help me put on a half decent show.

We were playing swiss style so all play all which was seven matches each player. The games were 20min no increment which at first I thought I would take notations but soon found out that the minutes run down so fast that I lost some concentration points in the first match😦 0-1

My second match went well with some cool jostling for position and smothering of their piece development πŸ™‚ 1-0

Third match met with a blindspot error on my bishop which was pinned. I fought back to the bitter end but I couldn’t quite catch my rythmn back 😦 0-1

In the fourth game we reached what looked like a drawn position so I offered a draw which my opponent politely declined. Play continued for the next Β  seven moves which saw my knight peeling off pawns left right and centre(I’m a knight man don’t you know) to which my opponent offered a draw and I accepted πŸ™‚ 1/2-1/2

The fifth match again saw me smothering my opponents queen side with my queen, knight and bishops, so his king fell shortly after this onslaught πŸ™‚ 1-0

The sixth  match was a boss of a game which saw me equalising through to the midgame but faultering on a move order which left me a tempo down in my development 😦 0-1

Now the seventh match saw me playing an all out focussed opening, midgame and endgame. Trapping my opponents rook and removing any piece that tried to release it. A great game (see pic above of final position). πŸ™‚ 1-0

So all in all, really enjoyed my day dualling it out on the chessboard today. With a total score of 3.5 out of 7, I can’t grumble, infact my target was to finish 5th but I actually achieved 4th place out of the 8.

A little clap and mini wave celebration to me.


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