1st Annual Summer Solstice Showdown Results

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1st Annual Summer Solstice Showdown Results

Post by SirNemo on June 27th 2013, 12:10 am

Well it's that time to post the games from the last tournament. I didn't bother adding my own annotations just yet but I have run them through Fritz 11. Feel free to criticize:











Game 4 is a clear example of how to throw away a winning game. Blah.

Will be blogging about the tournament shortly :]


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Post by ernestosim01 on June 28th 2013, 10:21 am

It's pretty strong tourney, bro. Game 3 was really tricky!

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Post by Victorian Gent on June 28th 2013, 11:30 am

I havn't done all the math, but given the rating strength of your opponents, by my calculation you would not have expected to win more than 1 game in 10, so don't feel too bad about your score. 0.5/4 is actually a good result.

I think playing up more than 400 rating points is a big ask. My advice would be to only play up a maximum of 200 points. Even then, expectation is that you will only score 1.0/4 (ish)

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Post by BorgQueen on June 28th 2013, 1:03 pm

Totally agree... with such a huge rating gap, you played very well!

Keep at it... seriously, if you keep playing people above your rating, you will improve fast imo :-)

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Re: 1st Annual Summer Solstice Showdown Results

Post by SirNemo on June 29th 2013, 12:09 am

Thanks guys :] I've signed up for the U1400 section in this weekend's tourney. I just arrived in Albuquerque so I'm about to head to bed and get some rest. I'll do my best to update you guys tomorrow night on Day 1's results Very Happy

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Post by Victorian Gent on June 29th 2013, 4:09 am

Good luck. There is no way I can get any practical chess here at the moment. So I am well jealous:)

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Post by SirNemo on June 29th 2013, 8:29 pm

Day 1's results. 3 rounds. 1.5 score overall. I had a draw with a 993 USCF player lmfao. I'm a failure Mad

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Post by ernestosim01 on June 30th 2013, 3:49 am

good for you. seems you are in the period of metamorphosis. as smirnov has pointed out it's the quality of the game that matters, not the result.

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Post by Victorian Gent on June 30th 2013, 5:14 am

Hey...Sir Nemo, this is a good result! 50% in an under 1400 tournament for an 1135 is creditable. Don't focus on the draw with the 993...it happens, and balances out the times when you get a fortunate result against a stronger player. (Also 993 sounds a lot worse than 1003, although they are only 10 raing points apart)

By the way, all the strong players I have heard on this topic say that it is wrong to concentrate too much on rating. The important thing is to take pride in the quality of the game you have played...avoid blunders, see a nice tactic, follow a plan through to a result, etc. The rating will follow...

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Post by SirNemo on July 1st 2013, 9:58 am

Hey guys, I'm back in Denver. Had an exhausting day yesterday but it's finally all over Razz I finished with 2.5/5.0 total. I'm ok with this result :] I'll post the games sometime this evening.

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Post by BorgQueen on July 1st 2013, 7:26 pm

I'm always happy with 50% or better, so a good result. The big question is "Did you play well?"! The result is kinda secondary -- if I play a good game and lose, I am still happy.

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Post by SirNemo on July 1st 2013, 9:21 pm

Well that's just the thing; I did *NOT* play well consistently. I believe my problem was underestimating my opponents and I let them get the better of me. The two games I won, I absolutely destroyed my opponents in beautiful fashion. I had a long talk with a good friend of mine, Zach Stuart(USCF 2035) during lunch on Day 1. What it boils down to is my thought process and lack of focus. He said it could have a lot to do with my current state of health which makes a lot of sense. Anyways, I'll post the games a lil later.

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Post by BorgQueen on July 1st 2013, 9:54 pm

Yup, thought processes and focus are very important factors!

I hope your "state of health" is good or improving Neutral 

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