One thing that was cool about this tournament is having a set of people to talk about the games with. Ivan, his friend Tim, and Don were a kinda-sorta mini-posse (see our picture here). During the matches, we’d float by each other’s tables and check out what was going on, assuming we weren’t hard-pressed in our current game.
After the first round, things went as well as could be expected. Ivan, Don, and I all won, and Tim drew. As we came back Saturday afternoon, hopes and spirits were high. Could round 2 go just as well?
I was paired with the only lower-rated opponent I’d face this tournament. He was, in fact, a YAK (young Asian kid). Although I keep hearing about how kids are underrated and should be feared, I’ve found little reason to fear young people. They don’t seem to frequently punch above their rating and are easier to psychologically unsettle.
This opinion will probably change in about 10 years when middle age sets in. But for today, I was happy with this pairing, and it would be the only one I had a lot of confidence of being able to take.
Take note of the many ?’s and no !’s in the game score. This is not a game to be proud of; I merely performed less worse than the YAK.