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r_lawrence 29 ( +1 | -1 )
OK! So I have this tourney tomorrow ... I dont' play in many tournaments ... any last second advice? What kind of little things do you do to keep yourselves focused? Any little tidbits would be helpfull .. plus it would just be interesting to see what kind of different replies this brings. Thanks.
cairo 17 ( +1 | -1 )
Advise "sit on your hands" :-))

Give it an extra thoughts before moving!

Best wishes
refutor 33 ( +1 | -1 )
food and drink be sure to bring adequate food and drink...and have it on hand...nothing worse than having a long game then having 5 minutes until the next round starts...that's not enough time to run to the chip wagon ;) also, bring some headphones or something to relax between rounds...
thegreatpolgar 35 ( +1 | -1 )
I know its hard to do before an upcoming tournament but try and get a good nights sleep and as Soren said don't rush your moves! As someone once said "If you see the good move, look for a better one."

triangulator 45 ( +1 | -1 )
first of all good luck!!, think of a move write it down( useing a pencil and not letting your opp see) thenjust double check your move, this has saved many games for me. I like to have somthing to drink, sobe or gatorade is my choice. no blitz or bughouse!! inbetween rounds as said above-rest inbetween rounds. I dont eat during a game but in-between just eat regular. have fun,hope we have all helped you.
mettlesome 77 ( +1 | -1 )
Dig down or Dig in Especially when you are tired or in a difficult position, and you can start to feel that you're losing.....dig your claws in and hang tough!!! It's really hard to 'win' a game against someone who just keeps looking for counterchances and (if necessary) steering the game into confusing complications. The BIG secret when you're losing, is just to make it into fun! Tell yourself "Okay I should lose this.....but how can I stir up trouble?"

You are kind of playing for nothing so loosen up and enjoy it and try to tell yourself that you are 'relaxing' before the next game......

I really think it helps that I ALWAYS imagine that there is some hidden resources just waiting for me to uncover them. (As Kasparov said, "beautiful combinations don't just sit there on the surface")

tulkos 45 ( +1 | -1 )
yes, I totally agree with mettlesome. I've had some games where I'd lost as much as a bishop. I hung tigh, and just tried to keep my opponent from getting any chances of gaining more material. Twice I drew with that technique, and once I won---my opponent got so frustrated trying to break through my defenses that he blew everything he had on my my king side, sacrificing left and right trying to get at my king. In the end he ran out of material, and I won!
triangulator 20 ( +1 | -1 )
dont say that I hate it when people dont quit, only play a peice down to a high rated player (1600+) when you intentionaly sacked it, if you just drop a peice, quit!
tulkos 16 ( +1 | -1 )
mwahaha! of course, if youre position is a mess,it's best to quit. But if youre position is still OK, perhaps even better than youre opponents, why not play on?
r_lawrence 14 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for all of the input folks! Thought you'd like to know I swept my games! I had a great day. It was a small tournament at my university, but it was fun none-the-less.
absolutegenius 25 ( +1 | -1 )
this is a bit late but remember to press your clock! i sat for 10 mins waiting for my opponent to move, before i relised he was just wasting my time and that i hadn't pressed the clock button thingy i pressed it down and checkmated him on the next move...
thegreatpolgar 0 ( +1 | -1 )
honololou 7 ( +1 | -1 )
good quote… triangulator. "I hate it when people don't quit" That's
adrianallen 46 ( +1 | -1 )
I went a queen down and didnt quit Normally I would, but the position was difficult. Losing my queen was an accident, but I was in such a strong position that I won the game 10 moves later. Losing the queen was a mistake, but it took a valuable piece away from his defence and gave me an opening. Before quiting, always check for interesting counter attacks, I was praised by a master for seeing a forced mate in 10 with that queen sacrafice (I couldn't admit that I made a mistake) :)
triangulator 51 ( +1 | -1 )
this is what I am saying If you got compensation for the peice( wether you "accidently" dropped it or sacked it) then play on I do and if your opp is under 1200 level(no offence) by all means play on! play on. but if you are 1200 and playing a peice down to a b player with little or no compensation- it is very rude not to quit- dont you agree?? like I said there are instances like what adr.(above) mentioned where you should play on. but most of the time you should quit unless you want to be rude and annoying- kind regardes, jason
peppe_l 26 ( +1 | -1 )
It seems Many chessplayers believe "annoying" opponents in lost positions is a part of chess strategy - not resigning in hopeless positions, giving spite checks etc. Theres a difference between "ok I screwed up but Im not lost yet" and "ok I screwed up and Im lost...but Im going to annoy my opponent" :-)
triangulator 28 ( +1 | -1 )
but you are playin a b player, you are lost but, you can make the game go on another 1/2 hr. but there is very little chance you would win or even draw. why?? why not quit then rest for your next game?? get somthin to eat?? hang out?? all you are doing is makeing you and your opp more teird for the next round.
absolutegenius 44 ( +1 | -1 )
unless you are also in the next round! it might be a tourney which is split into groups and you came second in your group! i resign otb when all is lost, but i don't always resign here-i want to know how to checkmate people the position that came up. i rarely get to be on the winning side of the endgame because i usually beat my opponents early, or lose...and whenever i am on the winning side, they resign so i never get to checkmate them...
triangulator 13 ( +1 | -1 )
what are you rated?? I am talking about when lower rated players are playing up. I think under and at d class you should play on
absolutegenius 10 ( +1 | -1 )
nope i'm not rated-i've just played in a few tourneys for my school (never coming lower than 3rd-i rock!)
triangulator 9 ( +1 | -1 )
good job! you should try playing more often in otb games, and if your on a school team-or any team- it is a lot of fun
mettlesome 276 ( +1 | -1 )
Hi guys... Well triangulator, I wasn't really talking about dropping pieces in difficult positions, or ust marking time, but when you're going to lose a clean pawn, when your opponent gets a lot of initiative or a piece for two pawns......yes, I say hand in there and make them work for it! I understand what you're saying Tri.., but I think you set the bar too said if you're playing a 1200, then play on, I say if you're playing anyone under 2000 then play on.

Okay, It's maybe a bit different for me, I'm rated at 1840 (in france)and I play in a team and there are either four or six of us playing (depending on the league). We all came in the same car, and until the last one finishes, it's either play on and MAYBE get an important half point for the team or resign and play blitz games in the adjournment room. I play on....! And I don't just draw, I win A LOT of games where I was struggling...recently I had a great position, I had my opponent wrapped up everywhere, and finally forced the win of a rook got pinned, and there was NO WAY to save it....!! I ended up giving it away for the pawn I thought I'd won! BUT....I still had a couple of advanced passed pawns in the Queen Vs Queen and rook endgame....I hung in there.....and she (yes a charming young lady was my opponent who now dashed off to telephone a friend to say she was beating someone rated nearly 200 points above her!!!) calmly and precisely won both my advanced passed pawns.......:-(........

Not to give up, I realised that her king had no protection (something of a problem in a queen endgame), and I decided to exchange off the pawns on the queenside to leave all the pawns on one side....she couldn't leave her rook and queen in defensive postures forever, so she started to advance, and promptly lost her rook to a fork (you wouldn't beleive how many of those a queen can threaten. On a downward trend, she exchanged off queens to at least hold the draw, and I won the pawn ending.......

So, Did I cheat her....? NO! She made the last mistake, and I cleaned up? So we both made mistakes, but that is what the game is all about at my level! What can my team ask me, except to give my best effort right to the end?

I won't even go into the number of times I lost a pawn, and waded into the battle, only to see my opponent start to play passively knowing that he "should" win the game, and end up being cleaned out....for me that's a real part of the (over-the-board) game. Pressure, lack of time, fear of making a stupid move in front of anyone watching....I think it's important to master all of these....

For any masocists out there, I'll post this epic (if rather sordid) game for anyone who is interested....!?


P.S. Don't get me wrong Triangulator, someone who deliberately doesn't move for half an hour to make you wait for them annoy me a lot too!! And I find it very unsporting, but have you ever noticed that no one CAN do these to the strong players...who just keep stepping up the pressure under they break through....
triangulator 65 ( +1 | -1 )
ok good point yah, come to think of it I just played a 1987 and dropped a pawn and went into this lost position.. I decided I still had a chance if he treid to win my Q for a N an R , so I played a !? moved and aloud him to pin my Q, I, in turn pinned his N(he had no way to save it) and I got my N onto a great square and closed the position. on move 132 I offered a draw cus we were both in time trouble but he tried to play on, I moved ounce every 2 sec he moved ounce every 3 sec and lost on time! so I see where everyone is comming from, I guess I am just mad that I go to adult tourneys to play 1400 and up and have to play these 1200 rated kids who come and use up all there 1 1/2 hr. thanks mettlesome!
atrifix 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Sure I'd love to see the game.

mettlesome has a point, but sometimes you're just dead lost with virtually no real play left at all. In these situations, it's usually best to resign and save energy for future rounds.
chuckventimiglia 23 ( +1 | -1 )
After I read a bunch of the.... posts above I realized you were talking
about an OTB tourney. I thought it
was a GK tourney and was wondering
why you were packing lunch and other
things. :-] I have my fridge in my computer
room so the beer is close at hand. :-] Chuck
honololou 120 ( +1 | -1 )
triangulator… Since my comment may have provoked this tangental
discussion, I feel compelled to join in. I wholeheartedly
agree with you that wasting your opponents time in a
hopelessy lost position is just plain rude. You would be
justified to be angry in such situations. But having the
tenacity to fight when you are behind and still have a
chance, should also be seen as a virtue and should be
encouraged. Let's face it—at our level (and certainly you
are higher rated than me) mistakes can easily be made
turning the tables. Few things are more satisfying then
snatching a draw or a victory from the jaws of defeat. If
you are ahead in material, the burden is upon you to
increase your advantage and convince your opponent that
his situation is hopelessly lost. And remember that a one-
minor piece advantage is not sufficient (minus pawns) to
force checkmate, so someone who is a piece down, can, by
trading off all other material achieve a draw. My primary
criticism of your comment about giving up was that it
comes within the context of a thread where r_lawrence
was seeking advice. I just thought that advising him to give
up was not the best counsel under the circumstances.
triangulator 39 ( +1 | -1 )
point taken sorry guys I am just mad that I missed a chance to get a free lesson from gm shulman! he told me he would help me with 1 of my draws with a expert after my game(he had about 45 min left and i was up a rook) my opp played played out another 43 moves waisting all his time he lost on time just before I mated him, shulman had to catch a flight and wasnt able to help me
triangulator 9 ( +1 | -1 )
r_lawrence how did you do?? If you want you could post your losses here and get some free advice
r_lawrence 51 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for the offer, triangulator, but I swept my games! I had a great day. I know you should still analyze your wins, but to be honest, none of my games were that spectacular .. and my wins all happened because of opponent blunders that cost them pieces. I tell you what .. I'll post my favorite game from the match:

Game 1 I'm black

1. e4 c5
2. c4 d6
3. Nf3 Nf6
4. Bd3 e6
5. 0-0 Nd7
6. Nc3 a6
7. Qa4 Be7
8. Be2 h6
9. d3 0-0
10. Be3 Nb6
11. Qb3 d5!
12. Ne5?? d4!
13. Bd2 dxc3
14. Bxc3 Nbd2
15. Nf3 Qc7
16. e5? Ng4
17. Rad8 Nd7xe5
18. h3? NxN+ ! my opponent has the piece protected, but misses the check allowing the follow up.
19. BxN Qh2 ++ 0-1

Any comments would be great.