Michael Adams | September 18, 2011 18:02

Of Course My Horse

Metro Chess TrophyToo soon after the conclusion of the British, Tara and I jumped on a plane to LA. Ankit Gupta, the organiser, had persuaded me, rather against my better judgement to act as instructor at a 4-day Chess camp. As I had never done anything remotely similar before, this was to say the least somewhat a daunting prospect not aided by a severe lack of preparation time. It was an interesting and highly educational experience (at least for me – not sure about the students) but in general didn’t go too badly apart from a sticky period towards the end of day 3 when I was running a bit low on material.
After a tough simul the following day and some whirlwind sightseeing it was time for the tournament with the common US timetable of 9 games in 5 days. I wasn’t too optimistic about surviving the demanding schedule as I was still having problems with jet lag and was a little fatigued.
A couple of lucky breaks early on changed the dynamic of the event. My first game began (I was Black) 1.d2-d4 Ng8-f6 2.c2-c4 e7-e6 3.g2-g3 d7-d5 4.Ng1-f3 d5xc4 5.Bf1-g2 a7-a6 6.0-0 Nb8-c6 7.Nb1-c3 Bf8-e7 (7..Ra8-b8 is the main theoretical move). Now 8.Qd1-a4 would have been errr.. a bit awkward but my adversary was hypnotized by my incompetence and passed up the opportunity. I wasn’t even aware of what had happened until someone mentioned it to me the following day.

I also had a bit of luck in the 3rd round. I actually got a good opening in this game but after slowly but surely dissipating my advantage I got away with a bad oversight around the time control:

 
 

After this things continued to go my way and I finished with a hefty 7.5/9 and took home a dazzling trophy.

Many thanks to Ankit for all his efforts in putting together this excellent event and I wish him the best of luck with his plans for the future.

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Michael Adams became a grandmaster at the age of 17 and has been a professional chess player for over 20 years. In 2006 he began writing a chess column in the Saturday Telegraph Weekend section.

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KK's picture

Great to hear from such strong GM's. Please share some tips on improving game, or how you prepare on your months away from tournaments (when you disappear for months on end), etc. Thanks!

Anonymous's picture

Sssshhh , it´s strictly confidential ;)

bronkenstein's picture

BTW nice read , and fancy horse that is (I suggest anyone to leftclick the pic for the full ˝WOOOW˝ effect )...Wish I had one.

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