Friday, February 09, 2007

Arpad Elo Open, Jan 10-11,
Wisconcin Dells, WI

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Although adjournments are unheard of these days, they are alive and kicking here in Wisconsin. In this tournament the time control was 40/2, 20/1, G/1. A game could have lasted up to 8 hours! (And with 3 games on Saturday that could mean up to 24 hours of chess in a row!). With round times of 10:00, 3:30 and 7:30 adjournments were necessary. Last year I know of a case where a person had the first two games adjourned and had to play them after the conclusion of round 3, another case where a person had taken a bye in the third round but still had to come back after the conclusion of round 3 (after 1 am) to conclude a round from earlier.

I had my third round game go on till about 2 in the morning. I then had my forth round (the time control for the 4th round is 40/2, G/1) game last more than five hours and then had to start the 5th round 20 minutes later. I played horribly in the last round and dropped a piece very early in the game.

Round 2 - Draw against ROGER D ALLISON (1731)

In this position I missed b5, if either the knight or the bishop takes back I have the intermediate move Nb6.

Round 4 - Draw against MIKE NIETMAN (1861)

In the following position I missed the winning 31...h3, although with my move I still should have won.

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Tournament results


  1. I am no fan of ever-shortening time controls, but I don't think adjournments are necessary (or fair, in our computer age). What's wrong with a 120/G time control? Plenty of time to play a real game, but with a definite maximum time limit.

    You should post your games, I liked going through them. Even your losses; you learn the most from them anyway.

  2. G/120 is still too short. 40/2 G/1 is used at major tournaments, and I think it is the most logical.

  3. 2 hours for a game is too short?? I suppose it's all subjective, but if you really can't work out the positions and get in time trouble in a 2 hour game, maybe you should take up correspondence chess.

    But whatever, so long as the game is guaranteed to finish after X hours, no exceptions, so as to avoid adjournments, it's fine with me.

  4. You obviously haven't played high level chess. What is your rating?