Post by petejwatts on Sept 18, 2013 0:45:40 GMT -5
Well Ade wants a report so here is a brief one. Oddly, of my four opponents the only one to play a solid opening was the first and weakest one, graded just 87. A drawback of longplay is that if your game finishes early your left kicking your heels waiting for the next round so I decided to play a frence defence (1.e4 e3 2.d4 d5 3. e5....) solely to produce a closed position that was likely to produce a long game. Thematic to the French is black's queen's bishop is trapped behind his pawns and hence is very passive. The usual play is to finchetto it on b7 where is looks at the butt of the d5 pawn for most of the game. I decided to avoid this and placed it on e8 where it guarded f7 and a doubled pawn on g6 in front of my castled king. This made my defence completely solid against an unsound piece sac by white and an easy win. The worst opening was by my nominally strongest 2nd round opponent, graded 120. He too played the French and I expected a long game only for him to first give me a pawn and then pick up the wrong knight to make a cpature that cost him a whole piece. To hiis credit he resigned quickly but that left me with hours to go before round 3. Tired from little sleep I knew that round 3 could go on late and give me little time for sleep before having to get up for round 4 so I took a bye and went home for an early night, only to prang my puter and stay up late trying vainly to fix it. I duly woke early for round 4 only to leave my travel pass at home and have to go back for it so I arrived late and lost about 15 min on my clock. Again seeking a long game I thought I'd try a Caro-Kann (1.e4 c6) to be thrown when my opponent played 2.Nf3 instead of 2.d4 . So I decided to switch to a line of the modern with 2.d6 which I think confused both of us. My opponent obligingly also offered a pawn for nothing but I didnt notice and missed it. We went into a double rook endgame level but I created enough of an imbalance to give me a slight practical edge and when he blundered another pawn this time I ate it. After he allowed me to swap off the rooks it was simple technique for the win. So Round 5 against a guy also with 3 wins and a bye so it was the decider. Again not wanting to have to sit around waiting for the prizegiving I decided to play Queen's Gambit as likely to produce a long game. again my opponent gave me a pawn early and then followed it up with giving me a rook for knight and I thought I was home with swapping off, only for him to put up a heroic and frustrating defence for four hours (I got my long game!) and when he won a pawn back the outcome didnt look at all certain, especially as my time was running low. I considered a sacrifical attack which would have been devastating but I didnt need it as he made a serious blunder allowing my queen to penetrate. Amusingly he thought he resigned when I had won his queen, but in fact I had mated him and neither of us noticed! Just £60 first prize is v meagre for a £25 entry but it was fun. A little way to the cost of a new puter!