After three rounds I have a score of .5 - 2.5. Slightly worse then the last two years at this same juncture. The fourth round is a crucial one for me. I'll get paired down this round. If I can avoid being victimized by a lower rated player then I will have the hope of decent pairings for the enxt few rounds. If I lose then it will get ugly. However I'm not sweating it. Even though I only have a half point, which BTW I did not deserve, I'm actually satisfied with my play for the most part. I'm taking my time, albeit sometimes too much of it. More importantly, I haven't had the overwhelming desire to be bouncing around the room looking at other games. We'll see how long that lasts when I play the slow game tonight.
I'm taking a little more holistic approach to the tournament. Yesterday morning I went out for a walk. I had a manicure and massage, and then did some grocery shopping. I brought back lots of fresh fruit and milk. I'm also making an effort to come back to the room between rounds, relax and eat a healthy snack. It's easy for me at this tournament to get totally overstimulated by the reunion atmosphere of the event. I actually came back to the room after taking some pictures in the tournament room and ate a little bit, relaxed and meditated before bed. I know if I had gone to the skittles room I would have ended out staying up until 1:30 am.
I also have not been running from one workshop to another. The workshops are sometimes interesting, but depending how involved I get in the discussion they can be draining. I'll have my fill of meetings and hotly debated discussion when I attend the delegates meetings on Saturday and Sunday. This hotel is nice and quiet so I don't have to deal with all the noise of a casino in the lobby. This is not Vegas!
While eating my breakfast of cereal, fresh strawberries and green tea I went over and analyzed my first two games. Round one was a good game. However after spending much of the game with a positional and time advantage, both managed to disappear at the worst possible moment. I didn't all the moves down, but here is the final position when I ran out of time.
Black to move
It's unclear whether I can actually hold the ending. White is probably going to win my h pawn. Then becomes a matter of whether or not I can pick up his b pawn. I looked at one possibility using Fritz, but I don't think Fritz plays ending very well. The analysis pointed to me holding the position. However the clock was too big a factor. 1... Kc6 2. h4 Kb5 3. Ne3 Kxb4 4. h5 Kc5 5. Ng4 Kd6 6. Nxh6 Ke7 7. Ng4 Kf7 8.Kg5 Ba7 9. Nh6+ Kg7 10. Nf5+ Kh7 11. Kf6 Be3 12. Ke5 Bg5.
Here's the game up to where I stopped keeping score.
Almost time for round 4, so I'll sign off here. To be continued.....