Tuesday, 22 January 2019

The most exciting Slow Chess League I have ever played.

A bit late, but here's to the first post of 2019.

A couple of days ago, I played in round 3 of the SCL 2018 championships. At 1.5/2 points, I had very little margin of error and needed to win in order to keep 1st place alive. The previous year's winner won with a score of 4.5/5.

I had previously clashed with my opponent last year once and had suffered a crushing loss as Black in the Ragozin. I knew his style to be a very solid player, hence his choice of playing 1.d4, Carokann and Nimzo Type defence structures. At first, I was toying with the idea of playing the Caro-Kann/Fantasy Variation just to get something out of the opening, but it turns out that I had no time to prepare properly for that  (it was my Wife's 33rd Birthday and we were in JB the entire weekend).  In the end, I turned to the Tromp which was the correct choice.  The game was well fought by both players hungry for victory but alas, I missed multiple attempts to win especially in the ensuing rook endgame. Nevertheless, I have learnt much from this game and look forward to my next SCL match.

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