Howdy from Texas. My tournament report continues.
Round three is coming up and I've done the proverbial castle king side on the non-existent wall chart, 0 0. I was starting to think I was having Thursday deja vu. I see Jim West and tell him he can report on the tournament from the front of the room, I'll report from the back of the room. Atomic Patzer says he'll also be reporting from the back of the room. Little did we know that we would play each other in round three.
This was one of these put me asleep, make me fall behind on time type of games. It's games like this that make me want to chuck the English and play e4. I end out playing lathargically and letting black grab the initiative. Even after I won a pawn I thought Black had some good attacking chances on the king side.
I was surprised when he offered me the draw. I had 2 minutes versus his 6 minutes, and I'm kind of playing down a piece with my rook stuck on g5 with nowhere to go. I accepted the draw with no hesitation, and said if I had been Black in that position I would not have offered a draw. He said I had a lot more confidence in my ability to try to convert the positional edge. Fritz only gives Black .44 edge. Maybe I was seeing ghosts. I was just happy to stop the losing streak at 6.
Round 4 I played one of the many Russian kids who attend the ICA. He mangled the opening by walking into a book trap against White's attempt to play the Yugaslov against the Accelerated Dragon. I mangled the middle and end game, so we drew.
So that's it on the tournament front. Look for Wacky Wednesday, and some pictures from California.