This is just a draft. I’ll update everyone on what’s happened … good, bad or ugly, afterward.
Thank you to all of my dear friends, subscribers and bloggers – wish me luck.
To all of you (and to myself): It’s HARD to write. HARD to put yourself out there … others will criticize you behind your back or make harsh comments … but the good people, they’re here commenting, being positive!
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Result: That was quite a whirlwind … !
9 rounds of chess … time control was 5/0 blitz.
I’ve come to realize that with my motor disorder it’s simply too difficult to play this time control over the board; it takes too much time to physically move pieces then hit the timer.
In my second game, I was playing the second best player in the tournament. He claimed I made an illegal move (I moved while his queen had me in check), but I never heard him say “check”. The game ended immediately; I was up on time and it was equal positionally.
Overall I managed to win 4 out of 9 games.
The best player to attend was, very surprisingly, GM Loek Van Wely. His career has been seriously curtailed by being booted from the U.S. for lack of a working visa.
In the games I lost – I mainly lost on time … I was attempting to create mating nets. I fell away from my before-hand strategy to slowly develop my pieces, gain time, and then win end games after trading off.
All in all, it was a great experience, though… I’ll play in the Newcastle Blitz Open, next …