Our chess blog is for more than one thing: Local chess and club news, to have fun, to join in the conversations of the chess blogosphere, as an opportunity to write, to keep in touch with each other, to let others know what we're like - perhaps in case they'd like to join our club - and, so on. But: I warn you now. This particular post is about one thing, and one thing only.
Because, this weekend, I achieved something I thought I'd never do. I drew against an International Master. No, I don't mean on the internet, or in a simul, or in a friendly game, or in a rapid-play game, none of which to me really matter so much. I mean in an over-the-board game, in an Open tournament, where money was at stake, a graded game, and at slow time-limit. In other words, in all the right conditions for serious chess, the kind that counts. And yes, I realise that for the stronger members of our club, beating titled players isn't exceptional. But I am not one of the stronger members of the club.
It was rather an interesting game too, I think. My opponent was off-form Colin Crouch, and here are the moves to play through:
Except for a last round collapse, the rest of the tournament went much better than I had expected too. My four other draws were all against higher graded opponents - including two in the 190s.
Sick of me yet? Spot any missed wins in the above game? Shall I shut up now? Ah well. Indulgence over. Normal service to be resumed shortly - of that be assured, because this won't happen again for a long time; if ever...