Posted on November 1st, 2010 by Richard
Last weekend (30/31 Oct 2010) was the Bury St Edmunds Chess Congress in the
new Apex function hall. There was a large entry of over 170 chess players.I had to take a bye on the 3rd round (went to watch my daughter perform in LMA drama production ‘FAME’ which was very good!).
Anyway I played badly in my 4 matches in the Minor section only acheiving a draw with 3 losses so finishing with 1/5!
This was very disappointing to me. I played several openings:- French Exchange (as black)/Alekhines’s defence (as white)/Bird’s Opening (as black)/Nimzowitch defence (as white) and my favourite Scotch (as white).
There was a joint winner in the Open section-a tie between GM M Turner and GM N Pert
Here is my only half reasonable reult-the draw I made in round2:
Alekhine’s defence-Draw agreed
I was very disappointed with my play and results-in all games except round2 draw I blundered away good positions I had achieved. The only thing I can do with this is put it down to experience and try & learn some lessons from it and play better in my next matches! I do need to do 2 specific things:
1. Do not spend too much time on moves and then try to play too quickly to get to the time control.
2. Do not move too quickly and make blunders!
These are almost mutually dependant actions and overall I need to think more carefully about how I play each move and the whole game.
So I still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve to achieve my aim to play good chess and improve my rating!
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