If you don’t like chess much, sorry. This is probably going to be a boring week on LEP for you. Over the weekend, I played 5 games in the Houston Open, which works out very nicely for posting one game a day this week.
However, I’ll try to fit in some usual LEP inanities during the week.
A big motivator to play in the tournament was that Ivan of Getting to 2000 was going to be there. He’d be only the second person I’ve met from the chess blogosphere, so of course I had to go! He took a picture because I forgot my camera.
As far as the chess itself, there were two opposing forces at work:
Why I would stink: I haven’t been playing much chess the past year, certainly no games longer than G/20. There was no way I would play as strong as my rating. My last tournament was Nov 2007 and last rated games in June 2008 (which, strangely, were a win against an Expert and a near-upset of a 1934. And I was supposedly “out of practice”. Go figure.)
Why I would rock-n-roll: I was rated 1596, the highest rating in the U/1600 section. People look at you differently when you’re the “top dog”, so there would probably be a bit of a psychological edge. The average rating looked to be a shade below 1400, which at least should be good for a couple “easy” victories.
Now if I had some foresight, I’d have played in the U/1800, a section higher. This way, if I layed an egg, people would just chalk it down to having a hard time against tougher competition. But in the U/1600, no one would care that I hadn’t played tournament chess for almost two years. I’d look like a fool.