Tournament (Redux)

Tournament (Redux)

Hikaru Junction

Tournament (Redux)

Hello all, and welcome to the only chess blog on the internet that saw that ludicrous display last night– the blog I had been back-burner-ing was scuppered by the necessity to get my computer fixed. Regular service should be resumed next week, but instead this week we’ll take a look at a tournament I played during my last long absence.

I started off the tournament paired against a stronger opponent, and although it didn’t show in my play, it did in my scorekeeping– deciphering what I had meant by the following scoresheet, four months after the fact, proved immensely difficult.

Bad scorekeeping

Look at this mess! Not only did I make several scorekeeping mistakes in the first few moves, I marked down which color I was to play incorrectly! Unfortunately, this isn’t unusual– when playing stronger players, my scorekeeping sometimes takes a nosedive. However, I eventually, after some trial and error, managed to figure out what the heck I had written.

James R. West(2200) – Orion LE(1728), MCC Tournament Rd. 1, March 2018



This loss was particularly frustrating because I felt that I played well overall and particularly in the first half of the game. However, a missed opportunity and a miscalculation cost me first a win, then a draw. It’s also unfortunate when you lose in the first round of a Swiss tournament, as the following game demonstrates.

Orion LE(1728) – Brian Frank(unr.), MCC Tournament Rd. 2, March 2018



After an early lunch, I rolled up my sleeves and dug into the third game of the tournament. I often think of a four-game tournament’s third game as the make-or-break game, less in terms of actual importance as its significance in my mind– it’s often the first game where you face someone who’s right about your actual rating, and if you’ve gone 1-1 in the first two games, it determines whether you’re going into the last round relaxed or stressed.

Anatoly Tsinker(2020) – Orion LE(1728), MCC Tournament Rd. 3, March 2018



Again, solid play but an unfortunate loss due to miscalculation. However, the only practical response, as in nearly every area, was to learn from the mistake, then set it aside and win it back in the next round.

Orion LE(1728) – Toshinori Underwood(1798), MCC Tournament Rd. 4, March 2018



With these results, the tournament finished 2-2, and interestingly, the losses probably should have been wins, and the wins probably should have been losses. As Hikaru Nakamura would say, “it is what it is.”

I do apologize as I believe I had promised this would come Sunday– again, my computer had to be serviced, but hopefully this is enjoyable as well, and the next post should (actually, this time) be Sunday. That’s the thing about me, is I always try to walk it in.

All the best,
Orion Lehoczky Escobar

Discussion Thread: Thread 177891
(edit 7–27–2018: corrected Mr. Frank's first name, added ratings.)

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  • Posted 144 days 9 hours and 20 minutes ago
    SubscriberHikaruShindo
    @MeatPuppet I'll have to check his work out! I've only played him this once I believe but yes I do think it was a good game
  • Posted 144 days 10 hours and 24 minutes ago
    Standard memberMeat Puppet
    You played the infamous James R. West and gave him a good game. He's a NM rated around 2200. His book, "The Dynamic Philidor Counter-Gambit" is an interesting read. He maintains a webpage. https://jimwestonchess.blogspot.com/2018/
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