So in round 4, I won against a 1505 player and in round 5 I lost to a 1945 player, I think his rating was.
I’m not really making progress with my rating, 2.5/5. At this point, I feel amazingly lucky against lower-rated, but as soon as I play up, that’s been more like a brick wall for me.
1826 -> 1817. I am just hanging on to that class A rating.
40/2 SD 1 is too long. The next round takes forever and am already starting to get a little tired by then (which is all it takes). If it were only one round, that wouldn’t matter so much. I prefer the 30/90 SD/30 time-controls, this shortens it by 2hours. Most people seem to drive home and come back between rounds, that is too long. After kibitzing about chess for one to two hours and waiting around for another two, that last round gets tiring 2 hours+ into the game. It’s an hour to drive home and back, doesn’t seem practical to stretch the time controls out that far for a large tournament. After a while, no one is left playing but hardly anyone is there because they took off – so the next round can’t start early because when everyone is done. Most of the games that I noticed going on late were clear losses or draws, IMHO. Getting past a weaker player early in the day just to get to the stronger player at the end of a day when I am tired doesn’t give me a lot of incentive to play in a long tournament. Luckily this one was nearby. There is a class championships in another month and a half or so where you play exclusively within your own class. I would try to study some openings before going to that. For example, I don’t have anything prepared against the Caro-Kahn (that I like), would try winging the fantasy variation if I had to play one right now.
The class championships is April 24th, but they stick the unrateds into the Class A section. To me, that is ridiculous, so now a class A veteran has to play someone with little tournament experience, and then wait a good 4 hours to get to play a legit class A player. The only time this even makes any sense to me is if the person is rated FIDE Expert, but no USCF rating. How often does this happen? Very seldom on a percentage basis, IMO. And that’s in Denver, about an hour and a half drive.
Like I said, I meant to play Re1, attacking his knight, before playing Nxa7, but after the game he said that he would have played Nd6 forcing NxN…QxN, and then after that, he got my bishop to f1, doubled rooks on my 2nd-rank, and I could not stop his mate – QxRf3, and the rook OTH really has no place to go, dropping the f-pawn also should lose. My pawn sac was bad. I considered playing Nd2 instead of Nb5, but there were problems there as well. I hadn’t considered his …Rd2 threat. I almost never play this Panov attack, but figured now was as good a time as any to give it a look vs. a stronger player.
I was trying to get in Nxf7 and then Bxe6 forking king or queen and the en-prise rook on c8, but it was never happening, and this guy was just too good, tactically, to bamboozle with that. I followed it on Crafty to where even after a queen exchange, Black is demonstrably winning due to the rook pair, picks up another pawn, can even use a threat vs. the king to trade bishops.
I played this game in under 50 minutes:
I didn’t spend much time contemplating Nxc3, winning a pawn, figured it probably dropped a piece. Normally, I’d be “Oh glory day, winning a pawn!” Nope, continued mulling about. Even my h6 I didn’t feel would be as strong as ..f6. Actually, I didn’t even think …Rd8 was good, hitting his queen, but Crafty liked it. Like he said after the game, all he needed was to play Bd1! instead of Be2, and it was a draw.
I think club-play makes more sense than these “big tournaments” A big tournament may be every couple of months, and then you feel like you “have” to play, even if you were really looking forward to doing something else instead. Club play is there when _you_ want to play and feel up to it; plus, big plus, you don’t have to wait forever between rounds. Some clubs have quads instead of “open” format, which is even more of an incentive. Again, I stress and I don’t see anyone else acknowledging this, but MDLM had a lot of Experts and Masters to play at his club, and this is a big advantage in getting there. He “shined” in the “big tournaments”, but by looking at his record, I’d say he built his rating up at the club, playing a steady diet of stronger players. Even the guy I played at the club, Joe, he went up to 1974 and is back down to 1854. I think the emphasis is get to Expert then quit while still ahead. Once you get to Expert, it’s no longer about “yay, I made it!”, but rather on maintaining it, and there starts to be more people below you looking to get where you’re at that you have to play.