Tournament Telegram (Beginning)
Winterthur Chess Week Open, 131 participants, highest 2570, lowest 1250, 3 GM, 5 IM, 9 other titled players, average Elo 1900+. Time controls: 120 min 40 moves, 60 min rest.
First game: 1 (Woohoo!)
October 7. Youngster, 2010, I have White. Morra gambit declined. I get a good opening. He attacks in the middlegame, I parry and counter, he opens a diagonal to the King, I get a crushing attack. CTS would have told me: Bad luck, you failed ... because I missed a mate in 3 but won anyway!
1. e4 c5 2. d4 cxd4 3. c3 d3 4. Bxd3 d6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. h3 g6 7. Bf4 Bg7 8. O-O Nf6 9. Nbd2 O-O 10. Qc2 Qa5 11. Nc4 Qh5 12. Be2 d5 13. exd5 Nxd5 14. Nh2 Qh4 15. Bg3 Qh6 16. Rad1 Nf4 17. Bf3 e5 18. Nd6 f5 19. Bxf4 Qxf4 20. Qb3+ Kh8 21. Nf7+ Rxf7 22. Qxf7 h5 23. Qxg6 e4 24. Qxh5+ Kg8 25. Qe8+ Kh7 26. Bh5 Qh6 27. Bf7 Qf6 28. Bg8+ Kh6 29. Qf7 Qe5 30. g4 Bf6 31. Qh7+ Kg5 32. f4+ 1-0 Time left: 19 min vs. 2 min.
Total Score: 1/1
Second game: 0
October 8. Youngster, 2150, participant of U16 world championship with a 50+% performance. I have Black and nothing to lose. Ruy Lopez exchange on c6. I don't know the book but my opening is not too bad. I give a pawn for the initiative. He defends well. I lose a second pawn but win it back by a multiple knight fork. Knight endgame with a pawn down, I still have one chance for draw but unfortunately miss it. He admits that he even was afraid of losing the game!
Total Score: 1/2
Third game: 0
October 9. Youngster, 1920, I have Black again. Queen's Gambit Accepted. Good opening, good middlegame, then I blunder a bishop away. Manage to get some compensation by tactics. Complicated position, he gets in time trouble and blunders a knight back. Now I am 2 pawns up in a Q+R endgame. It is a draw but I do not find the right plan. Get mated after a series of 15 checks.
Total Score: 1/3
Conclusion of the beginning phase
Average Elo of my opponents: 2000+. In all 3 openings I had no problems at all and got active play every time. In all 3 middlegames I reached at least a position with draw chances, I had only one serious blunder (due to a quiescence error) but managed to get out of it by good tactics and good time management. My main weakness is the endgame, I got two tricky ones and failed twice.