I arrived for the first round late because of a flight delay, and also with very little sleep the two previous nights. Despite these handicaps I managed to get the following position as White.
In bad time trouble I played Rg1?! , instead the obvious f4 was much better. I managed to lose this game.
I decided to re-enter with a bye for the first round, and scored 4.5/5.0 in rounds 2-6
My best game was in round five where I played Bg6 as White in the following position against Daniel Pecherski . After ...f6, Nf7+ Rxf7, Bxf7 Qxf7, Rd8+ Bf8, Bxb8 Black is paralyzed.
I found Re2 as Black in round four vs Roland Zhu in bad time trouble (Thanks CTS)
Win = $2500.00
I had the opportunity to see some of his games since he was sitting next to me in several previous rounds. He was winning most of his games very easily in tactic heavy positions. In fact we became friends and he helped me analyze a couple of my games.
He was the only opponent I did not want to face in round 7. When we were paired in the last round I was already at a psychological disadvantage.
I then got the following position as White and was sure that Black had to repeat moves. I was happy with a draw, but he was not!
Instead of playing the expected ...Rb8 (3-fold repetition draw), he played ...cxd!? My best move after that is to take the rook and play Ke2 after the Bishop check, but I played Be2.
He won around $2500.00, and me $75.00! Michael did bye me dinner after the game though!
Old guy 4, young guys 0
- have more time to study
- improve faster
- have experienced coaches
- don't have to worry about finances etc.