Tralee Classic Games – Rd2
Another easy draw but this time made very quickly and in keeping with my overall strategy for this event. As it happens I have played Petr three times before in competitive play. Once in a rapid game which was a nice win for me, though somewhat fortunate, and two draws at the Limerick Open a few years ago. So I knew he was a very difficult player to beat and a draw was also a good result.
A boring approach from me, but maybe that is what I need and have been lacking all these years? With seven rounds left to play we will find out soon enough.
As for the rest of the games of the Irish norm chasers, when I left just after about 35 minutes after the start of round two the following were my impressions: Sam Collins was on the White side a very complex Scotch opening in which all three results were possible but maybe Sam had the better chances.
Alex Lopez again played the Sicilian Kan and it seems he is playing provocatively as part of a plan. He certainly got a very complex position and,here too,while all three results were possible I think he has the better chances in practice. His opponent is underrated and beat Mark Heidenfeld at the last Olympiad in a nce game. So any result is possible.
Killian Delaney seemed to have a clear advantage against Gavn Wall and my guess is that two results are most likely. A win for Killian or a draw. Though with chess we can never be sure.
Henry Li seemed comfortable from the opening but did not seem to have any advantage to speak of. A draw looked the most likely but all three results being very possible.
Conor O Donell seemed to have got a nice positon on the Black side of a Benoni-type position and at glance I thought two results were most likely. A wn for Conor being the most probable.
Also battling away was Gerry McCarty who already has one win under his belt and Bernd Thee