Thursday, July 3, 2008

First Tournament, First Place

Ok...so I only played 2 of 4 rounds.

I entered the MCC Summer Solstice Event mid way through the tournament; just so happens to be the same time I joined the club. Anyway, I was granted two 1/2 byes for the first two rounds and won rounds 3 and 4 to share a first place finish with other club members in my section.

I'd say that thus far, after a 5 year hiatus, I've done pretty good getting back on the ole "Chess Saddle". If anything, it helps the chess psyche and builds confidence going forward.

Admittedly, I'm O.K. with my current play, but I know that comparative to other players of my rating level, I'm still weak and it's only a matter of time before such weaknesses are exploited over the board. But, the coaching I'm getting along with my determination and study should help to strengthen my chess and recognize positional weaknesses during game play. In the end, its play...play...play.

Rating Watch: 1418