Monday, February 16, 2009

Weekend Tournament

I played in another small tournament this weekend. I felt like I played pretty shitty, I wasn't happy with the quality of most of my games. I still managed to get 2.5/4 though so the result wasn't too bad. My main problem this weekend was impatience. I just didn't feel like taking time on my moves... Time control was G/45, but in most games I was 10-15 moves into the game after 10 minutes. Anybody have any suggestions as to how to train against impatience? :)

Will try to post a game later.


From the patzer said...

Train against impatience? Maybe yoga or some other relaxing therapeutic thing?

wang said...

Nothing that I know of for impatience, maybe more disappointing outings will teach you a thing or two :D

But hey 2.5/4.0 isn't a bad result.

Robert Pearson said...

"Time control was G/45, but in most games I was 10-15 moves into the game after 10 minutes."

Actually, that sounds about right. It was a revelation to me when I read in the book Chess Master at Any Age the suggestion that at sudden death time controls almost everyone plays too slowly. Since many games are played out to mate, you should plan on some games lasting 60-90 moves. I remember several long-ago games at G/30 where I took almost all the time for the first 25 or so moves, was a piece or even a whole rook up...and lost.

Impatience: It's not a bug, it's a feature!

Banatt said...

Ahh, yes, I remember being a rook down and losing on time three moves after a really fun king-queen fork.

Chessaholic said...

Thanks to everybody for their comments, I've been meaning to respond earlier but life has been keeping me very busy. Hope to get back to blogging soon :) said...

I've been reading you blog and I just wanted to let you know the 2009 U.S. Chess Championship is coming up! It is May 7-17 at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center in of St. Louis.

The nation’s top 24 players will seek to steal take the title from last years year’s winner Yury Shulman--including the top 12 American players by rating, the 2008 U.S. Junior Closed Champion, the 2008 U.S. Open Champion and the 2009 U.S. State Champion of Champions. Not to mention, over $200,000 in prizes are on the table!

Anyway, here is a link to the media kit: And Also, here is a link to the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis website:, where you can RSVP for the free tickets. This website will also provide daily coverage! And both have player bios, chess facts, tournament history, etc.

I figured you'd be interested.

Abby said...

Hi! Are you going to be covering the chess tournament in St. Louis this month?