Tournament Telegram (Mid-Phase)
Fourth game: 0 :(
October 10. Senior, 1850, kind guy. Had some smalltalk before. I have White, and again get a Morra Gambit declined. I've had a bad sleep last night and got up very early to bring my wife to the airport. Felt tired all day, played fast because I had not the energy to think long. Plus I violated some opening principles just as in my old days before any training. This was punished fast, and I deserved it. Period. Next game, please ...
Total Score: 1/4
Fifth game: 1
October 11. Kid, 1750. I have Black, and the young gambiteer (!) happens to play the same as I did yesterday, the only difference being my 1. - e5 instead of c5. Of course I decline, and of course with the same idea that worked so well against me yesterday: push pawn to d3. I feel strong, and the +5 gain in 30 CTS problems this morning give me even more confidence. The kid rides a bravehearted attack, and I have to be very careful. But then he moves a defender to attack, and quite soon I spot the 2 unguarded pawns. My queen forks them, discovering a rook that x-rays his queen. In his further attack I force him to rook swaps, and we are in a queen endgame with me a pawn up. And this time my endgame technique is sufficient to show that it is a win. Woohoo!
Total Score: 2/5
Sixth game: 1/2
October 12. A 1720 guy, I have Black again, Queen's Gambit which I accept as usual. Equal position, then I take risks to gain a pawn at the cost of a pawn weakness. He plays it clever and exploits the weakness, at the end I am a pawn down in a Knights endgame. I defend well this time and manage to completely block the position. If he wants to win he must take risks, but he agrees to a draw.
Total Score: 2.5/6
Conclusion of the mid-phase
Success rate of 50% despite a total blackout at round 4. I still have the chance to get a tournament performance of 50%. I played two fine endgames and with Black I was still fine. Up to now I am quite happy with my performance.