Tralee Classic Games – Rd3 + Rd4
Well a case of very mixed fortunes for me as I won easily and nicely enough in round three against a clearly underrated young player who got a bad opening and failed to find some chances when I was a little bit less accurate than I should be. The end was pretty and the result was part of my plan.
So far so good. But as we shall see my whole plan was about to become undone with a very silly and needless loss in round four. A draw was certainly not part of the plan but would have been acceptable. After a stupid blunder I will now have to win more games to do well.
So with that win out of the way I was keen to get another against promising young rising star Henry Li whom I only played very recently in Cork. Funny thing is that the very first time I ever played him he was only about 1800 amd he got a winning position against me only to allow a perpetual.
After that I have beaten him fairly easily every time since and so targeting him as a possible win made sense. 4 or 5 games previously winning within the last two years I think. Problem is, it gets harder as he improves and here, though playing a poor opening as White, he played sensible moves and it was hard for me to generate winning chances.
After I sacrificed a pawn I had a golden chance to get just the sort of position I wanted but backed off for some odd reason or other. The notes for the game are there as usual by clicking on the diagram.
Well, so having missed my chance to be better I then had to defend a slightly worse position in time trouble for ages and got an ending I could hold easily enough, if I just did not not blunder! Alas again, under time pressure, I made a silly move when I had even seen the drawing line. A painful and stupid loss, which makes me have to work much harder to try get a good result now. The critcal losing moment is below: