I think you did wrong by pulling out of the tournament though I fully
understand your rerasons.
(I suppose I could have put this a PM but felt it perhaps best to display how I feel.)
First of all I bet none of the players would have minded a jot if you stayed.
The wonderful thing about chess as opposed to most other sports is you
can get to cross swords with the very good guys.
What Sunday league team would not jump at the chance to play a 1st.
Division team. It will never happen.
But in chess if you are in the right place at the right time then it can happen.
I'm sure you pulling out will have disapointed the majority of players.
Getting hammered at that level can have a two fold effect.
I recall when I was starting out watching my ideas hit brick walls and getting
smashed just made me more and more determined to get better.
Some may sulk and stay where they are. Others (even if it was just one) will
learn and improve. Especially with a few words of encouragement.
I have no qualms about playing players 600 points below me.
OK they are challenges and no trophies at stake I do it simply for the
pleasure of playing. (and my one grading point)
I also see it as a 'duty' (if I can resist the temptation to set a wee trap) to play
as instructive as possible and after each game I give PM's and PM's of feedback
which bar one case (who later appologised) has always been gratefully accepted.
I get PM's from guys I played ages ago showing me a won game where they used
something I had given them.
So by pulling out and not giving a few hints as to why they lost you have
missed out on the wee buzz this gives you.
Also Atticus these games are fun and you are dipping out on hourse of pleasure
looking for cute finishes and wins.
It also keeps you sharp tactically.
Some of these guys don't care who you are (good) and sac like nutters.
What would you rather be doing?
Playing against some faceless 'no profile - non poster'.
Shifting wood about trying to capatlise on some weak square with the
thought ALWAYS at the back of your mind. "This is pointless, I'm playing a box."
Or using the pieces for what they were designed for. 'Saccing and Trapping.'
against a lad who plays chess simply for the sheer love of the game and,
judging from the responses, is only to happy to play you.
I recently played Uncle Tosh (1395) User 495654
What an interesing character he is.
After the game in our pleasant PM's I appologised for not playing the best move here.
I played quickly Bxd5 because I liked the idea of an extra Knght on d5 to sac on f6
(which I did - unwritten rule when playing these lads, if you win a piece you must sac it back).
However the moment I sent it I saw exf6 follwed by Qg4 was much better,
And (I've started, so I'll finish) you can try out all those gambits you learned as
a lad but never play v the good guys.
You also pick up ideas and shots. I have stored a few ideas.
One is a 100% cracker and will be the TN of the decade, it's in a standard
book line and I'm waiting for the chance to spring it.
I got that idea from a 1300 player. He never played it right away but 2 moves
later, I got to thinking what if he had tried that earlier.
It looked interesting. It is. Very interesting
So Atticus, I think you should challenge all those players who were robbed
of a chance to play a genuine clean big gun (there are so few about).
You will enjoy it, and you do get your 1 grading point.