I guess I should discuss my poor results at the tournament. So:
Before round one, a guy walked up to me and saw that I had an ARML sweatshirt on, and so he told me a problem that he made up. So I parked my bike, found a seat, and worked on it. It turned out to be not so easy, but eventually I solved it. Then he gave me another problem that I was unable to solve. When the pairings came up, we found that we were paired together, and I had the white pieces.
Round 1: Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo (1572) vs. Daniel Finucane (1798). I played the Scotch Gambit, and we each missed a line that would win a pawn. So then I got a winning attack, and instead of winning an exchange and a pawn, I repeated moves and gave him a draw.
Round 2: Daichi Siegrist (1848) vs. Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo (1572). I played the Dragon, and I started to feel very uncomfortable after 9. g4, which I hadn’t prepared because I was worried about 9. 0-0-0. So I played 9…Bd7 instead of 9…Nxd4 which is actually a good move, and then I quickly got into a losing position, which I proceed to lose.
Round 3: Ursula Foster(1726) vs. Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo (1572). 3. c3 Sicilian. What is this nonsense? So we got into an equal position, and then I hung a pawn to a tactic, suffered a bit, won it back, and then we agreed to a draw.
Round 4: Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo (1572) vs. Wasim Azhar (1707). Najdorf Sicilian, and he castled queenside (what on earth???). So I tried to mate him, failed, traded down to an easily drawn endgame, and we agreed to a draw.
Round 5: Maximo Fajardo (1909) vs. Simon Rubinstein-Salzedo (1572). 2. Bg5 Dutch (how come people can’t play decent openings?), and we traded off a ton of pieces, and we each had a bishop, a knight, and seven pawns. Then he decided to make things interesting and hang a pawn so that I could get a winning endgame. So then I decided to return the favor and let his king and knight take two of my pawns while I didn’t get any, so then I was down a pawn instead of up one. So I tried the old “do-nothing” trick to see if he could win it, and thirty moves later, he was about to queen, so I resigned.
Blah. No 1600 rating for me. I get to gain an amazing 12 rating points. How come I can’t play good chess? I’m not supposed to play at a 1638 TPR…