So why post this game? Well, yes, of course I want to brag about a scalp against a player rated 360 points higher. But this one also has a good story.
It’s the first round of the tournament. After the game’s over, we shake hands and my opponent leaves the playing room. Still stunned over my good fortune, it takes me a minute or two later to move out. Unsure of how polite it would be to request a postmortem (knowing he was undoubtedly disappointed with a bad loss to a weaker player), I tepidly walked down the hall, but my opponent was nowhere to be found. Not a big deal, so I step outside for some fresh air.
There are a couple of HCC members hanging out, and we briefly discussed my victory, with one of the members mentioning “He’s gone.” Like, my opponent left the tournament? Yep, he went home.
Apparently, my opponent is well-known for simply leaving tournaments after a loss. And he must have been doubly pissed by losing to such a weak player.
Yes, I KNOW it’s completely shameful to lose to me. But, c’mon, you gotta continue to fight and show you can do better, right? Normally, I don’t like to gloat over victories, but being the guy who made my opponent flee the tournament in shame…it made things a little more special.
Also established over the past week is a new Saturday routine when nothing else is going on: Tai Chi class in the morning and chess in the afternoon, leaving the evening open to ineffectually hit on girls at bars.