This post is for all of you who wished to win money some day at a chess tournament. 🙂
Round 3, I played my namesake Robert for the first time, no immediate relation but I am sure that we are distantly related.
Round 4, I played Rhett, a favored player to win the tournament.
My game scores are a mess, but I will post them as I get them up.
In the end, I split first place with one other player that I didn’t play against. Interestingly enough, the other first-place player played the guy I drew against and their game also appeared to be a draw the whole way, but the 1400 level player finally needlessly allowed his pawns to be doubled in a king and pawn endgame where they both had around 6 or 7 pawns, so that they co-champion won at the very end due to some slight error.
It was a fifty-five dollar entry fee, but splitting the first place prize netted me three hundred and fifty dollars. Couldn’t have come at a better time, and it’s always nice to be rewarded monetarily for playing chess. 😀
Oh yeah, my preparation, basically didn’t study much chess for the past week other than for analyzing my Wednesday game. Rest and Relaxation, that was my preparation. 😉 The result of a tournament is in God’s hands, I feel, or as some say there is always an element of luck in winning a chess tournament.
The luck part of the tournament was that Rhett and Anthea played a six-hour draw in round 3 (they shared first place at the time), so that in effect it is quite likely that they both knocked themselves out of the tournament by the sheer exertion and short recovery time between rounds. They both lost their final round game.
Time-control-wise, I had 17 minutes left at the end of my round 1 game, but was blitzing my last three game toward time control. For example, in my round 4 game, I had 27 minutes left to reach time-control after making my 20th move, and that was quite typical. Because of that, the quality was a little low in spots, but I was still able to plan in a hope-chess sort of way, and see when I was winning a pawn. It was really the big decisive combinations which required a lot of time in rounds 3 and 4, those are things to save time for. As far as technical play, I was able to do this quickly when needed, and my opponents didn’t play so much to prevent me from playing a loose, easy technical game.
I want to make a comment about the Grishuk vs. Gelfand match. I sort of feel sorry for Gelfand because he is a counter-attacker, and the easy prediction would be that Grishuk will take all the quick draws that he can get so that the match will be decided by rapid games where Grishuk could have a seemingly overwhelming advantage, although one never knows an outcome in advance.
Anyway, the stress in my final round game was unbelievable once he sacked his rook. His biggest mistake, as he said after the game, was making that sac after the time-control rather than before. For a long while, I did not notice that my queen would have the escape square of b7. …Bb3 was an easy move for me to find, but it seemed as if I had waited 20 minutes to play it simply because I realized how much was at stake – no prize vs nice prize.