You would have seen after my big announcement things have been quiet on the update front. It’s not really been my fault as we have now moved to Sheffield and we only got internet today! It was a real hassle setting up with Virgin as it didn’t work and we switched to SSE- today I was waiting for an engineer to come and they never showed up so I plugged in the box myself and it worked!
The only thing we are now waiting for is our bed and Gawain’s desk and then we will be done with getting everything for the house. Then it’ll be time to start getting back into a routine and me figuring out how I’m going to balance things.
Last weekend we both headed down south to Wokefield Park near Reading to play in the 4NCL. Gawain’s playing for Guildford, last year’s winner, and I’m playing for White Rose. We travelled on the Friday night and we got caught in bad traffic from Reading – it took us about 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to the venue from the train station!T
My first round didn’t start out the way I planned, I was playing a strong youngster who recently came 1st= in the 4NCL Congress which was a qualifier for the British Knockout. I played by mistake an accelerated Breyer and after 11 moves this is my position
I was quite embarrassed thinking I was going to lose in under 20 moves, especially after I announced I was just going to be playing chess. Luckily for me, my opponent erred and the line he played I don’t believe was much better for him and he wasn’t able to switch his thinking and allowed me too much pressure in the endgame and I managed to win.
Gawain on the other hand played a very nice game.
On Sunday, after a sleepless night. I found out I was playing another youngster FM William Hansen-Claridge after paying more attention to my theory I managed to get a winning position after he blundered with 10… Bg4
We will of course be watching the World Chess Championship tonight (yes to having internet!). Tomorrow we fly to Ireland to play in the Kilkenny Chess Festival. I don’t know if you’ll be able to follow the games live but check out the Kilkenny Chess facebook page and I’ll try my best to update during the tournament and I’ll definitely do a write up next week.