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Blogging Live from DeKalb

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

Updated: 9:27 PM (Final Post on Live)

Our last little adventure trying to get to DeKalb was interrupted by a blizzard.

This morning, though, it’s supposed to be sunny and roads clear for the first tournament in Illinois of 2011.  My tournament kit is ready and I’ve got just a few things left before we leave for DeKalb.  I’ll be blogging live in this post as I have time throughout the day.

Time to put the laptop away in the kit and get ready and go!

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Pre-tournament:

We have all arrived on time and fine.  Roads were beautiful – wished I’d gotten some contrast pictures with the blizzard.

Hanson Hao is also playing here today.  So we have five of us, all in the lower section.

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The Crew, Ready to Rock!

Checked in (and Ray pointed out that if we paid the $5 annual membeship for DeKalb chess, then we get a discount on the EF plus discounts from now on.  So now we’re committed for a return at some point.)  ;)  Coffee, restroom and conversation later and it’s time to rock!

No time for photos yet; pairings about to happen.  Wish us luck!

Round 1:

Round 1 was a loss for me – I ended up dropping a Rook in a Ruy Lopez.  I know that I’ve used exactly the same trap before.  :(  But hope for Round 2.

The rest of our crew did about as expected.  Michael and I lost, Hanson won, and Niranjan drew.  Ray got a bye for the round.

Pairings coming up imminently – must move quick!

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Round 2:

Round 2 and I had another loss, but in this one we reached an endgame… from a Petroff, which isn’t my strongest opening.  One little pawn promoting made the difference.  This was one of those “fun-to-lose” ones, with enough equality in the game to make it very interesting.

About twenty minutes left on the clocks.  Ray also lost.  Hanson and Niranjan both scored wins… Talk about your hope for the future being in the children!!! :)

Mike got the bye, and we’re heading down to Round 3.  I’m thinking about lunch, or a combined lunch/dinner after next round.  I’d love to show some of the photos, but I’m not sure if I have time.  After coffee and bathroom we’ll see.  If I miss a third round post it’s because I had to get to the board.

Round 2, Now What Mess Have I Gotten Myself Into???  ;)

Round 2, Now What Mess Have I Gotten Myself Into??? ;)

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Round 3:

Round 3 and I finally got on the board!  It was a fairly fast miniature against a player rated in the 400s.  But even then, my opponent and I did postgame analysis which reveals on early study that if White had played 14. Qe2 we would have had a whole different ballgame, with me down a Knight and playing defensive ball.

All the other games are still playing at the moment.

Time for lunch/dinner!  Then photos if I get the chance – if not, then results after Round 4.

My One Victory of the Day.  Thanks, John!

My One Victory of the Day. Thanks, John!

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Round 4:

In Round 4 I faced an opponent that I had previously met during my last tournament in DeKalb.  I had won in our previous encounter with White leading my Giuoco Pianissimo.  This time I was not as fortunate.  An ill-conceived attack had me trade Queen for a Rook, and we worked it into a Queen versus Rook endgame that my opponent handled most excellently.  It will be interesting to analyze to see what better move I might have had rather than setting up what led to the trade-off.

The Crew Considers Just How LaughingVulcan Could Have Gone So Wrong!!!  :D

The Crew Considers Just How LaughingVulcan Could Have Gone So Wrong!!! :D

I feel fairly well about how I handled the endgame, though my opponent certainly knew what he was doing with it and proved the superior advantage of Queen over Rook.  ;)

(Surprisingly to me, mine was the final game of the five of us from Bloomington, so I didn’t have time to post this from up there.)

Post-Tournament

I know that Hanson Hao scored 3.0/4 and Niranjan scored 2.5/4, making them the best of our pack.  I think Ray finished with 1.5/4 including a bye, I finished at 1.0/4, and Michael might have finished at 2.0/4 with including a bye.  But I’ll have to confirm that from the ratings.

All in all, I’m moderately pleased with my performance.  In two of my games against higher rated opponents I worked it down into an endgame.  This proves to me that I need both work on recognizing target opportunities (to start focusing myself into endgames where I am on the winning side,) and also work on my endgames themselves.

Overall, I believe that we all had a good time and it was good to get tournament play with a different group of people.  Much thanks to Bill and the DeKalb Chess Club for hosting the tournament (and also his work in pairings to mostly avoid pairing us Bloomington folks together!)  We’ll definitely be back up that way again!

More photos will be available at the Twin Cities Chess Club site as soon as I get the opportunity to process and post them – probably later this week.

Bradley Round 4 – Home Again, Home Again

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Well, it’s all said and done… final round is over for me. I ended up losing to a 1248 rated player. This one, though, was one of those stimulating and even games that will be most fun to analyze. I ended up trading off Queens and getting powerful counter-threats as Black against a backwards pawn. The problem was that I just didn’t have enough to execute the attack and White had just enough tempos to force a promotion.

When I finally resigned, we had less than 20 minutes left on the clock between both of us. Not bad for a 160-minute time control.

I’m glad it’s the game I ended on, though. I’d rather have a stimulating loss than an easy win. (Well, OK, I’ll take a stimulating win over that… ;) ) At least I didn’t drop any pieces horribly, and I think it’s the best game I’ve ever played facing 1. d4.

Anyway, Kudos to Bradley University and Wayne Zimmerle for putting on a great tournament, and I expect to be back at the 48th Annual Bradley Open. :D (Must remember to take camera next time!)

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Bradley Round 3

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Well, now I finally have a little bit of time. 3:42 PM; my game took about 45 minutes and the next round starts at 5:00. So I can talk just a little more…

This is my first time on the Bradley University campus in Peoria. I’m actually glad to be at a college campus for a tournament… reminds me of the happy days when I was a student myself. I must admit to missing campus life!

It’s a very nice day and a nice campus. The Student Center where we’re playing has ample seating and places to hang out in between rounds. The tournament facilities are very nice – bathroom right off of the playing area with a lounge in between. We were a little crowded in Round 1, but then another room was opened for the top five boards.

This round there were 16 boards in play, which means 32 players. I was playing bottom board, and they had made only 15 board places, so we had to snap out a table quickly so we could play our game.

So, my round three game was against a scholastic player from the Bloomington area that I hadn’t met before. It turns out she’s taking classes with Colley. When I saw that her rating was 120 I didn’t expect much trouble, but it did take longer than I expected. I wasn’t hurting at all, but she made some good defensive moves at points which required me to think about how to use the extra material that I had amassed.

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OK… time to go and relax a little and have a little nosh. :)

Bradley Round 2

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Must be even faster here… Lost again to Sam Heil, a local scholastic player… but he’s rated 1496.
Hope for round three? ;) It begins in about ten minutes…

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It seems that maybe the chess viewer has trouble with names or multiple rounds? Or maybe I loaded the wrong game…

Bradley Open Round 1

Saturday, August 28th, 2010

Must go quickly, as I am scarfing lunch while doing this. Round two starts officially at noon, in about eight minutes.

First game was Black against a player rated 1616. I lost a pawn early on, and that turned out to be my undoing. ;)

Oh well. A fun game, and next round coming up!

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