Sunday, 13 November 2011

Zlatko Ilincic - Goh Wei Ming, Kevin, Caissa GM Oct, Round 5

After a horrible start with just 1.5/4, I desperately needed a good result in this game to retain any chances of making a norm. Unfortunately, the Serbian GM is an extremely tough and experienced player and I have seen many good players being tortured by him in += positions. To be honest, I was not very optimistic before the game.

As you will see, I was quite fortunate to win this game after I managed to surprise Zlatko in the opening.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

First Saturday GM Nov

Am feeling a little sad now as in a few hours time, I will be playing the first round of the First Saturday GM tournament in Budapest which is going to be my last tournament abroad, probably for a long time. While I am sort of looking forward to going back to KPMG and drawing a decent salary, I really enjoyed this stint as a semi-professional. Since it was never going to work out financially, I could not afford to do this for more than a year, as much as I would like to.

Anyways, it looks like 2 players have withdrawn from the initial 10-player list and it is increasingly likely that it is going to be a 8 player double round robin. I have never played in a 14 round tournament before and I'm sure there will be some days with double rounds to fit everything in within the schedule. Will put up the player list and schedule once everything is finialised.