Game 5 - Zak Tomlinson vs Neal Fisher
What a difficult game this was.
I was constantly feeling pressure from my opponent who was playing very fast and very aggressively.
He was one of the higher rated opponents in the field, and just had an air of "I'm going to beat you" about him.
He was also quite a heavy-build, and sported a Leeds United shirt,
so I almost didn't want to beat him for fear of getting my head kicked in!
Pre-game excuses aside... let's see how the drama of the final round unfolds!
My opponent had a rating of ECF132, roughly 1690 FIDE.
So, overall I finished the tournament on 3.5/5, finishing tied for 4th place with 3 other people.
We shared 4th prize, £20 each.
Here's the results cross table if anyone would care to see:
The fella who won with 5/5 was apparently a "dark horse",
who's real playing strength was much greater than the cut-off grade of 135.
My tournament performance was 142 (around 1765 FIDE)
I'm looking forward to receiving my first grade, which I've been told will be at the end of this month
So that's it, hope you guys enjoyed the games and/or got something out of them...
...namely, don't push your f-pawns!
p.s. My next tournament will be in Manchester, weekend 17th-19th of August, details and entry form here: