In game 1, I took a pass on key opportunities, as Black, and escaped with a draw, and luckily not hard-fought at that.
In game 2, I got an early advantage, but then miscalculated and jumped the gun. I knew I could have continued development, so I would have done better if I had gone that path instead of thinking I had something right then. Luckily, my opponent blundered as soon as he had gained the initiative.
Game 3 was ethereal. We went 17 moves without exchanging a pawn, a maneuvering game. I thought he had interesting attacking possibilities with g4, but he chose h4, eschewing g4 as “too risky”, which allowed me to get in f5 for defense. After he needlessly dropped a pawn and then made another positional error with his bishop, it was just a matter of technique.
Funny, I never thought this tournament was going to amount to anything since I needlessly aimed for a draw in my first game – tired after only 4 hours of sleep, but a Monster energy drink kicked in after that to where I felt normal. My “grandmaster draw” game 1, hehe, helped conserve my energy immensely. By game 3, we were already on about move 15 before any of the other games even started.
Wow, it’s not until I let Crafty see it that I realize how well I played some parts. Games 1 and 3 were well-played by me. Game 2, I really spoiled some great attacks and played the attack as if I were stoned on something.
The ratings calculator thinks I went up from 1715 to 1746 after this tournament. The big guns stayed at home today, but I seem to have played better than I had realized, regardless. Oh, my OTB rating was actually 1722, so now it may be 1751.
My goal is to make A player, although expert would be sweet. 🙂 I have to beat the next level of competition to get there, though, the over 1750 crowd, even if I want to just make A player rating for one moment in my life. Unfortunately, it will be three weeks before there is a regular tournament there; next week is G/60 and the week after that is SCCF candidates tournament (previous tournament winners from other events, it seems), not sure where that is taking place.