Not very often I get to play with senior rated(2000 rated plus) chess players so I was always going to be a little out of my depth at the recent workshop/tournament in the Dales. Surprisingly the day went brilliantly, giving a fair account of some decent chess play against much tougher opposition. Really enjoyed the great exchanges of hints and tips for improved game play in the future and the food was delicious 🙂
Well I played my last games of this years OTB chess season yesterday and what great games they were too.
I’ve had an array of high and low performances of chess play throughout this season and on each occasion the experience has helped me grow as a chess player. My research into unfolding the secrets of the art of chess has been an intriguing journey of self discovery which still keeps me so humble with its vast intricacies.
Match after Match I have analysed, critiqued and made changes to the way I approach the next match. To keep me on track and readily prepared for the next season, I have logged my own personal ‘End of Chess Season vlog series’ for reference.
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.
Fun to see our Lola enjoying herself on this splendid day. I often think about her sibling Charlie who passed away a few years since. They were so close and really enjoyed each others company. It was great to watch them challenging themselves to see who could climb the highest trees or win out in play fighting.
When I received my package in April, I was so pleased…It was my Kasparov Sensor chess (KSC) wow. This is the machine I had when I first started playing chess as I didn’t have any chess stuff to work with or anyone to spar with back in the day, just my KSC to test my skills with. I didn’t really know about joining chess clubs or anything like that so I just played on my KSC for ages and ages and ages. It gave me an understanding of how to use the pieces and that kind of stuff, relentlessly kicking my butt on many occasion. So I’ve gone full circle and challenged my chess teacher one more time to see if I have indeed developed a little from those challenging rookie days.