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  • STW Chess Tournament – anyone up for it?
  • Premier Icon Rio
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    I thought about setting a real board up, but that gets a bit challenging when you’re playing 6 games at once!

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Yeah, I only do it for the more difficult games. Helps remind me of where I’m up to!

    Premier Icon dannybgoode
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    Apologies to everyone who I have been utterly useless against. I am down with the ol’ Covid and it has affected my ability to think straight. Not that I would have been much better otherwise but wanted to make a better fist of it than I have been doing of late…

    Premier Icon sofaman
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    Get well soon! I’m sure there’ll be a STW Chess Club T4.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Two very close games with @stevomcd just finished, both draws. First one we both ended up with a king and about 3 deadlocked pawns, second one got to a point of perpetual check (although I’m not sure that either of us had any sort of workable advantage!). This is in Tournament 2, Round 2.

    How’s everyone else getting along?

    Premier Icon lowey
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    Generally got hammered aside from a couple of nice results.

    I still keep making proper schoolboy errors though. Had one in my latest game that I where I was blindly focussing on a next move checkmate and totally missed losing my queen.

    Good fun though and I have definitely improved over the course of these tournys.

    Premier Icon stevomcd
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    You definitely had me in the second game @crazy-legs , little bit lucky to dig a draw out of that one.

    I definitely struggle with the daily format sometimes. Harder to keep focus than a fixed-duration game. I don’t tend to forget my own strategy too much, but often make schoolboy errors because I’ve forgotten about a threat that I’d identified and planned-for several moves ago. Put myself in a bad position that way in my current game against irc1979 but I think I’ve dug it back out. Maybe. I’m going to use the excuse I was riding Les Arcs all weekend and making moves on the way up the funi!

    The longer format is definitely good for making you consider the whole board and try to identify the single best move, even if the difference is only slight. You need to have a broader strategy. I more often play short time-frame games where it’s more about spotting quick tactics or mating attacks 3 or 4 moves out.

    Premier Icon irc
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    . Put myself in a bad position that way in my current game against irc1979

    No worries Stevo. I blew it. On the other hand in one of my other tournaments my opponent made an error and I got a win against a 1690 player!1

    But hey! The original STW Tournament has just gone to round 2. I’ve avoided my nemisis of Stevo and JLyon. Back up to 21 current daily games and my rating is back to 1418 after almost slipping under 1400.

    Good luck everyone in STW 1 round 2!

    Premier Icon tommyhine
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    Round 2 has started for the first tournament! that was long. good luck everyone

    Premier Icon RamseyNeil
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    How many go through from each group ?

    Premier Icon aide
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    I think it’s the top 2 in a round that goes through

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    But hey! The original STW Tournament has just gone to round 2. I’ve avoided my nemisis of Stevo and JLyon.

    Yeah, I never entered Tournament 1!

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    Apologies to those whose games against me timed out. I know you get the win but it’s much better to finish them.

    Unfortunately this covid thing knocked me out more than I thought and I’ve been struggling to juggle everything. We’ll no doubt meet again in future tournaments 🙂

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    I was wondering what was going on with you Danny, hope your getting over the covid mate

    Premier Icon aide
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    @kennyp – just a heads up about the second round of (I think) the first tournament. It started a few days ago and you need to make your moves

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    @kennyp – just a heads up about the second round of (I think) the first tournament. It started a few days ago and you need to make your moves


    @aide
    , he has been online, he played 2 games against me but very intermittently and he gave up one quite quickly.

    Hope he’s OK.

    Premier Icon kennyp
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    @aide , he has been online, he played 2 games against me but very intermittently and he gave up one quite quickly.

    Hi. Yes still here. I did see the second round had started but was holding off making moves as I still have games from the other tournaments on the go. Nine gams in total from the three tournaments and I tend to lose track a bit so focussed more on the ones underway.

    As those games finish (ie I lose them which seems to be the case at the moment) I’ll get more into the second round matches. Apologies if I’ve kept anyone waiting.

    The one I gave up quite quickly I made a couple of mistakes easy on. Against a rubbish player I may have persisted in the hope they’d make mistakes too, but equally I know it’s bad chess etiquette to drag games out when you’ve no real hope of getting anything out of them. So it was a compliment really. (-:

    Premier Icon kennyp
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    Opening moves now made.

    Premier Icon nosedive
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    Does anyone know idkay ? His times running out and much as it would be nice to be in round 3 it would feel a bit cheaty if it was by default

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    Does anyone know idkay ? His times running out and much as it would be nice to be in round 3 it would feel a bit cheaty if it was by default

    Just logged-in to post the same!

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    Just a heads up for anyone that doesn’t check messages on Chess.com. STW T3 round 1 has finished. Round 2 now started. Games live.

    https://www.chess.com/tournament/stw-chess-club-t3

    PS Although the time limit is 24hrs per move there is a vacation setting where you can suspend your games if absolutely required. I am going to Knoydart Wed – Fri this week. So I’ll play my moves on all boards around lunchtime Wed while pasing through Fort William. My network is Giffgaff so don’t know if I will get a signal again until Fri in Mallaig. I’ll reacativate my games then.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Oh I’ve just had the most epic screw up against @irc
    Was reasonably up and then one massive blunder. Resigned – no point in continuing after that loss of material.

    😭

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Oh FFS, I’m having an absolute disaster today!

    Premier Icon irc
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    crazy-legs
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    Oh FFS, I’m having an absolute disaster today!

    Checks my game hopefully ……… Nope.

    Oh I see it was WAsnevergreat benefitting from your largesse this time!

    Never mind. In another tourament I’m having to resign two games where the play is even. I stupidly signed up for a 24hr move no vacation tournament. I’m going to be without a phone signal for more than 24hrs Wed-Fri. So either I resign or timeout. Better ettiquette I think to resign with a comment in the chat rather than timeout,

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Gutted that you resigned that last game @irc , that was a really close tactical battle! I’d have stuck in there – always the possibility that I’d have buggered up the order of moves somewhere! Actually I think I got fairly lucky – looking at the analysis I made more minor mistakes than you but I think your queen move might have tipped things my way a bit.

    Great game though, thanks for that!

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    Just checked the analysis just now. Yes my queen move around move 24 was the big blunder. I was worried about the your pawn exposing a cgechmk from your bishop. Overlooked blocking the pawn with my bishop.

    Ah we. Makes up for your queen move last time.

    Swings and roundabouts.

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    Mrs Kenny bought me a nice chess set for my birthday recently. Nothing fancy (Staunton) but decent quality with wooden pieces of a nice weight, and a lovely looking board.

    I’d forgotten just what a great feeling it is moving real pieces around as opposed to clicking on a screen. I know in theory it shouldn’t make any difference, but it does.

    Haven’t used it to play a human so far; I replicate the moves on an app on my phone and move the pieces on the app’s behalf. But it’s just great seeing it sitting there on the table. And I find I can sit and concentrate more over a real board than a computer screen.

    That said I’m still losing in most of the STW games I have on the go, but you can’t have everything.

    Premier Icon crazy-legs
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    Finished all my games in T3 and… I’m currently 4th. Out of 6. Hmm.
    Lost both my games to MWyer.

    Since 4 of the 6 of us are still playing, there’s the potential for me to drop to 5th quite quickly as well.

    Premier Icon irc
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    The original STW tournament will be going into a new round shortly. One game left in play and the writing is on the wall.

    https://www.chess.com/game/daily/353507265

    Premier Icon aide
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    Have just resigned from that game, didn’t realise it was the last one in the round and holding everyone up, sorry folks – Good luck in the next round

    Premier Icon irc
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    @aide

    Thanks. As I said not much play left when you are a piece and 3 pawns down in the end game.

    Premier Icon crewlie
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    Not quite sure how I ended up in the next round but thanks anyway. Good luck to everyone!

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