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Sunday, August 13, 2017

St. Louis tournament

I visited the US this summer, and as I did two years ago I took the opportunity to play a slow time control tournament. This time I played one in St. Louis at the chess center there.




 It was cool to be playing in the same place where the greats play. I saw Caruana, Kasparov, and Akobian (separately) hanging out near the chess center.

It was supposed to be four rounds in one day. Unfortunately, the last round I was assigned a full point bye. Then they apparently found a player to join for just that round and play me. Somehow between the time that he signed up (and joined the USCF) and game time, he changed his mind and decided he didn't want to play.

So, I'm embarrassed to admit I went 0-3. Which was disappointing. But on the whole I'm glad I did it.

Reviewing these games makes me cringe. I'm still very low level.


me - tournament winner

Result: 0-1
Site: Chess Center St. Louis
Date: 2017.07.22
[...] 1.e4 b6 2.d4 ¥b7 3.¤c3 e6 4.¤f3 ¥b4 5.¥d3 ¤f6 6.£e2 d5 7.e5 ¤e4 8.¥xe4 So although I had tried to work on my openings before the tournament, I definitely hadn't looked at 1...b6. My opponent showed me after the game that I was following theory till here. This is obviously a blunder as he showed quickly. Apparently the proper move was Bd2. Then he will take with the knight as this gives him the bishop pair and I accomplish what I wanted to do with my move, that is getting rid of the knight on e4. 8...dxe4 9.¤d2 £xd4 10.a3 ¥xc3 11.bxc3 £xe5 12.¥b2 O-O 13.¦b1 f5 14.c4 £f4 15.£e3 I actually played this thinking he would want to keep the queens on and that he would move his queen. 15...£xe3+ 16.fxe3 ¤d7 17.O-O ¦ad8 18.¤b3 ¥a6 19.¤d4 ¥xc4 20.¦f2 ¥d5 21.¤b5 c6 22.¤d4 My threat was empty. If I take on a7 my knight is trapped. 22...¦fe8 23.¦c1 b5 24.¦f4 I remember Dan Heisman saying somewhere that you should either resign or play at full strength. Don't continue if you aren't going 100%. Here is where I failed to do this. I was beaten mentally as well as on the board but kept playing until this blunder. 24...e5
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little girl - me

Result: 1-0
Site: Chess Center St. Louis
Date: 2017.07.22
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥c4 ¥c5 4.O-O ¤f6 5.¤c3 d6 6.h3 O-O 7.d3 h6 8.a3 a6 9.¥a2 ¥e6 10.¤d5 ¥xd5 11.¥xd5 ¤xd5 12.exd5 ¤e7 13.c4 f5 14.¥e3 ¥a7 15.¤d2 f4 16.¥xa7 ¦xa7 17.¤e4 ¦a8 18.¤c3 ¦f6 19.¦e1 ¦g6 20.c5 £d7 21.¢h2 ¦f8 22.cxd6 cxd6 23.¤e4 ¤f5 24.¦c1 ¤h4 25.¦g1 (25.£h5 too early 25...¦xg2+ 26.¢h1 £xh3#) 25...£b5 26.b4 (26.£h5 £xd3 27.¤c3 h4 knight is lost) 26...£xd5 27.£e2 (27.£h5 £xd3 28.¤c3 h4 knight is lost) 27...£f7 28.f3 (28.£h5 ¤f5 it doesn't work anymore) 28...d5 29.¤f2 ¦e8 30.¤g4 ¤f5 31.£e1 ¦ge6 32.¤f2 ¤e3 33.¤d1 d4 34.¤f2 £g6 35.¤e4 ¤f5 36.¦c2 ¤d6 37.¤f2 ¤b5 38.¤e4 ¤xa3 39.¦c7 ¦b6 40.g3 ¤b5 41.gxf4 £h7 42.¦xb7 ¦g6 (42...¦xb7 43.¤f6+) 43.fxe5 ¦xg1 44.£xg1 ¦xe5 (44...¢h8 45.¤f6) 45.¤f6+
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me - teenager

Result: 0-1
Site: Chess Center St. Louis
Date: 2017.07.22
[...] 1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.¤f3 ¤c6 4.d4 ¤f6 5.¤c3 ¥b4 6.¥d3 O-O 7.O-O ¦e8 8.e5 ¤h5 9.¤d5 ¥a5 10.¤xf4 ¤xf4 11.¥xf4 ¥b6 Komodo gives me north of +7 here based on 12. Ng5. At the time I considered Bxh7 and komodo gives that north of +5. 12.c3 (12.¥xh7+ ¢xh7 13.¤g5+ ¢g8 14.£h5) 12...¤e7 13.¥g5 d6 14.£e1 c5 15.£e4 g6 16.¥f6 ¥f5 17.£e3 ¥xd3 18.£h6 ¤f5 I missed this move. When I played Qh6 I thought there was no way to stop mate. 19.£h3 £d7 20.¤g5 h6 21.¦xf5 h5 22.¦f3 £xh3 My attack is over and I am worse according to komodo 23.¦xh3 ¥f5 24.¦h4 cxd4 25.cxd4 dxe5 26.¥xe5 ¦xe5
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