An Experiment in Rapid Chess Improvement

Record of my experience in undertaking Michael de la Maza's "Rapid Chess Improvement" program.

Friday, May 05, 2006

My First Tournament - Results

I finished my first tournament last weekend, the Austin Chess Club April Standard Swiss. Overall I played OK, but there was a lot of room for improvement. My final score was 2.5/4 (2 wins, 1 draw, 1 loss). My performance rating was 1478 according to the USCF website, so I assume that will be my provisional rating. Overall I had fun, but really wish I had done better in that first game which was just terrible. Hopefully I can just chalk that up to "first tournament anxiety". We shall see! I think I learned a lot, so it was a good experience. Feel free to check out the games. I'm not happy with all my notes on them yet, but I figured if I waited to finish them before posting the games I would never get around to it.

I'm not sure I will play in the May event since I'm fairly busy, but next month there is another 4 round tournament where I can play in the U1800 section. That should be fun!

I had a tough loss against my weekly sparring partner OJ last week. I resigned with a mate in on the board because due to a poor thought process I was not checking the checks. This was after having a very nice position in the middlegame. I'm glad I lost since it has really motivated me to work on my thought process. I still have a long ways to go, but in my last two games (the tournament and a game against Chris Kilgore) my thought process was better. Not 100%, but better than usual. I guess a good drubbing really helps every now and then!

Anyway, I'm currently working on tactics, reviewing master games, and trying to broaden my repertoire a little bit since I was out of book very quickly in my tournament games.

Hope everyone is well!


At 1:41 PM, Blogger takchess said...

quickly clicked through them all. I think your last one was the best.
Let me know what you figure out for nf3 I'm always unsure of what to play I often play one of the Knights as well either Nf6 or nc6

At 3:04 PM, Blogger fussylizard said...

Tak, In the future I will play ...d5 and ...Bg4. From there it will depend on what white does.

At 6:40 PM, Blogger Pawnsensei said...

Congrats on your first tournament.


At 12:58 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said...

Congrats, Fussy!

At 11:14 PM, Blogger King of the Spill said...

Congratulations on your tournament. Looking at that first game made me think about the Austria variation of the Pirc. I think that one is usually very annoying for Black :).

At 6:39 AM, Anonymous gamechess said...

hello all,congrat on your first tournament.i'm only an amateur chessplayer from indonesia.want to learn chess better.happy know with you.thanks


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