I had been very optimistic about my chess recently. In addition to feeling I was playing better OTB, my online blitz rating had broken through the 2000 barrier, my CFC rating reached a new high of 1916, and I am on the verge of getting an official FIDE rating that will likely be somewhere between 1925 and 2025, depending on my next FIDE rated game. Ivan Wijetunge has an interesting blog called “Getting to 2000”, about his struggle to achieve this milestone as an adult player. It has also been one of my goals since I started playing rated chess as a teenager many, many years ago. I originally hoped to achieve it by the year 1988, which happened to be my cfc#, but It was impossible to do on PEI at the time when my average opponent was only 1600. The way I have been playing recently, I was beginning to think it might actually happen this year.
Then I went into Edmonton last weekend and played in the University Battle of Alberta. The tournament was an unrated ten round active tournament over two days. There were teams from U of Alberta, U of Calgary, and U of Lethbridge, but it was also open to all non-university players. The time control was game/ 25 min with 5 second increments. I thought it would be a good chance to get 6 games in on Saturday and I was hoping for a good result. I’ll post some positions and and let the reader decide for themselves what my level of play was.
Game 4 was against David Yao. I played 13...e4! (diagram) and after 14.fxg6 I played 14...hxg6? instead of 14...exf3! I was still able to win the game.
Game 6 was against an unrated player ? Zhang. After he played 10...Nxe4 I played 11.Bxa8? instead of 11.fxe4! The game was full of blunder on both sides. I made the last blunder when I lost a piece with 10 sec left on my clock but won when he misshit his clock with 2 seconds left and his time ran out.
After game 6 I drove back to Lloyd. I had told the TD that I wouldn't play rounds 7-10 before the tournament started. I probably played at a 1500 ??