Yesterday was Valentine's Day, but the massacre came today. Another one of Steve Doyle's special things for the tournament were custom M&Ms in Valentine colors that said "I love the team" and "Rooking Good". I ate way too many of them!
The pairings are back to normal now with everyone playing opponents in their own score group. Our average rating has put us in a bad spot this round. We got paired up against the #20 team with an average rating of 2180! Geez, what's a team like that doing with only one point? Upset city on the first day. In fact Alex Lenderman's team with its 2199 average go knocked off, so as their 3rd board said, "We're playing with the peasants now." The top 10 boards get to play in a roped off area away from the crowds. It's very nice playing back there. Four years ago I played 4th board on a high rated team. We were behind the ropes 5 out 6 rounds. Nice spot if you can get it.
We were paired against a team of college aged kids. They looked as though they had a lot of fun last night. This morning they looked like they were paying for it. Their first and second boards arrived about 10 minutes late. Even hungover they put us out of our misery pretty quickly. The round started around 11:00 am, I think our final player hung in until 1:00 pm. OUCH!
My game was interesting. The opening was kind of crazy. Here's the game.
I suspect we'll get paired down next round. Hopefully we'll stay in the ballroom because it's before the fourth round when they do the team name and chess gimmick contests. It's always fun seeing what people come up with. Pictures to follow.