Tournaments end

I was going to play tonight (Wednesday), but car wouldn’t start, so I decided to pull out of both tournaments. If I were 3-0 instead of 2-1, I would simply take a bye and play the rest of all the games, but that it isn’t the case. This is one thing I could sort of see coming as being a problem with club play, sort of like getting disconnected during an internet game.

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6 thoughts on “Tournaments end

  1. That’s too bad. I hope you find something else that you enjoy to fill your time. Commuting to the chess club can be a problem even if you manage to make it to the club after fighting 90 minutes of rush-hour traffic to sit down. I remember having really good chess results when i was working part-time before getting my professional license since i was always stress-free and well-rested. One last thing– i’ve always thought that breaks from competitive tournaments is the best time to build your longterm “knowledge” such as opening repertoire or endgame knowledge. There is no pressure to “stay sharp” so you can just dig into theoretical knowledge. Personally, I took several months off from playing OTB chess in late 2009 and used that time to build a complete 1…e5 repertoire against 1.e4. Anyway, take care dude and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

  2. Thanks, Katar!

    I think you are exactly right. When playing regularly OTB, at least for me the most important thing is tactics, since I don’t have a quick tactical eye like you do, as evidenced by my blitz rating being much worse than my standard rating on FICS, like 400 points lower.

    I was even watching a video today on ChessvideosTV by Dennis Monokroussis and he is answering questions about openings and throws out some tactic as if it were nothing – yet is something that none of his readers would likely see, OTB. hehe. I mean, it would make the highlight reel even in a book of best games. So, I simply saw the folly of the reader asking for easy answers. This is the best time to work on a repertoire, chess-wise, yes.

    It would have been nice if my club had had sections, so I’d know I was getting a tough game each week. I would have either played either Dragan <1700, or Mark as Black, if I had played, but this is the fourth round already before I get a crack at them. Even 2-2 is no biggie because if weak players are playing one another, one of them will have the 2 points by then, so that would feel like another first round game for me.

    My own feeling is that there shouldn’t be one open section with multiple prizes U1500, U1700, etc; instead, there should be prizes based on (round-robin) sections. Even playing down a section gives one incentive to improve, whereas there is very little incentive to care about rating when everyone is in the same section, and you can go 1-4 and still win something, if low rated. Now I know that it feels good to get rewarded for failure, but…hehe.

    Hard to believe Christmas is this weekend, already. Happy Holidays to all, indeed!

  3. “My own feeling is that there shouldn’t be one open section”
    But don’t you prefer a chance to play against Class-A and Experts so you can take them down and rapidly gain confidence??! I mean, you could play a round robin against CLass-B, but to some extent i feel that a player will rise or fall to meet his level of opposition.

  4. I meant so that at least I could play Class B instead of playing lower.

    Back in CA I did make it into the top quad and won quite a few of them even against some 1900-2000 level players.

    Here, my main opposition has been the clock. It’s hard to remember the last game I lost where the person wasn’t trying to move their queen around a bunch of times or whatever to get me to lose on time. Losing on time in an equal position has been par for the course for me, plus I am playing a lot of 1400-1500 opponents so that my rating is artificially low compared to if I had been playing G/2 all of this time.

    I think that I learn and get better regardless of the opponent, but it would have been nice to see some more opportunities to gain rating points. 2/3 against weaker opposition will generally mean a net minus of rating points. Some of them keep their same bad habits, regardless of how many times they play me and would be happy to win on time on every occasion. I don’t really fear the clock anymore, I am simply saying, then they go to big tournaments and flop and say they aren’t good at slow-chess.

    There is no one that I fear playing. On Thursday there is one 1800 player that I have never played before but he lost to my first round opponent last month, so it’s already hard for me to have any fear against him as I know that he is simply a solid player that will take advantage of any obvious mistakes. Anthea and Isaac didn’t show up on Wednesdays this month, so it weakened that tournament. It’s too bad that that tournament doesn’t draw new players as it is the best location.

  5. Happy Holidays, RollingPawns! 🙂

    I played a bunch of 3/0 games on FICS last night to speed up my eye. What I found is that it is not enough time for a 70 move endgame, or any half-real attack against one’s own king even when opponent is down a piece for pawn or two, likewise when opponent is down a piece for two passed pawns, it’s hard to organize against it. Also, the clock is the main thing as once I wore down and started hanging lots of stuff in later games, most of the times my opponents didn’t notice, even when they slowed down and I won some games that way, but lost the great ones that I should have won but lost on time.

    So what? Well, it meant that a blitz rating is just that, doesn’t mean they will be as strong at slower controls. Even 15/0 is fast (even if it doesn’t seem like it). I think that truly strong blitz players are probably players that are condensing their “two hour game” down into five minutes because I can start to do that after a while, but in no way does blitz help my slow-chess other than in some confidence, playing quicker, better technique sort of way.

    Blitz is worst when the position is tight and one more thing is needed to be squeezed out the position. That takes time, and in blitz the rule is to take a pass and hope that your opponent wastes a move or makes a bad one, but OTB squeezing out that one last not quite obvious, yet still simple enough tactic is usually what is decisive.

    My long-term goals are mainly non-chess related, so that the impetus is to forget about rating points, results, or any of that and simply show up to have some fun as a hobby. The getting to 2000 goal seems rather impossible to me as I am not even playing people above my rating 90% of the time, without that it would take years to generate that many games to offset a loss, or to increase in skill enough to offset.

    I should add that some, such as Mark and Kurt made big ratings jumps not from playing a lot of games but by playing in G/60 quads, then go 3/4 or so against higher opposition and make a 100+ point jump, same way I did it back in CA. A lot of high-rateds haven’t been there long. Yes, they are good players, but made it in big jumps. If I were trotting around the USA going to tournaments, that would be another way, but the quads (round-robin) way is quickest. I think I even saw somewhere the other day where a person got a 200 point rating jump from one tournament, and no I didn’t think that that was possible either.

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