Sunday, November 26, 2006
Rapid Cream Chess
Yesterday we participated in the 34th ERU Goldcup Cream Cheese Rapid Chess Tournament among 180 other players. I always use that to find out where I'm standing and to adjust my training for the Corus tournament.
I'm not quite sure how to interpret the results.
I played four g/30 games against equal rated opposition and I scored +1 =2 -1
I totally overplayed all players in the opening.
In the middlegame they were quite paralysed and deprived from any space. Every move of any piece but one would result in mate or loss of material. But they were good defenders and moved just Rb1 and back to a1 waiting for me to finish them off. Since all my pieces but one were needed to maintain the pressure, I didn't know how to continue, so the time started to play a big role. And that was costing me points.
But how to interprete this? My opening play is clearly pretty strong, but I have trouble to finish them off. They all said they were lost and that I could win earlier, but I don't agree with them. They had defensive resources that I saw but they apparently did not.
I had these kind of results before and I concluded then that I needed more tactical skills to finish them off within the time. Now that my tactical skills have increased greatly, I see more opportunities to pressurize them but at the same time a see much more defensive resources for them. So I still can't crush them. And to gamble they won't see the defensive resources is beyond my character.
So I need a plan B.
I guess that must be to trade most pieces and to head for a good endgame.
I will have to experiment if that is a solution.
At least I won a book voucher and a few cups of cream cheese.