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David Lightfoot
Dec 28, 2023
In General Discussion
If anyone has any questions about the tournament on Jan 20th please feel free to ask here. Tickets are on sale until Jan 18th and can be found here. https://www.iowchess.com/ryderapid(https://www.iowchess.com/ryderapid) Event capacity is around 30 players with 16 spots taken so far.
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David Lightfoot
Dec 06, 2023
In Other Chess Congresses
I've signed up for the Hastings weekend Congres on Sat 5th and Sunday 6th Jan. Seems like a good set up and great prizes on offer. There are a bunch of other tournements that week too if anyone fancies a look. I'll be heading up by train on Friday 4th Jan should anyone want to join. Offseason seaside town so hotels are quite cheap on the seafront. I'm in the U1600 section. https://hastingschess.com/events-23-24/(https://hastingschess.com/events-23-24/)
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David Lightfoot
Nov 27, 2023
In Other Chess Congresses
This weekend I played in the Coulsdon W(https://www.ccfworld.com/Chess/index.htm)inter Chess congress. It's a great event in South London (just inside the M25). The set up is in a church hall that is full time shared with the chess club, great equipment, refreshments available and fairly easy to get to on the train. The only draw back would be the town center doesn't have many hotels and we had to stay a fair distance away at a local golf club. The pairings are FIDE based and all games are FIDE + ECF rated. They are great at posting pairings on time but I feel it would be better if this was also online so you can track your progress more easily. Not my best performance. Arrived tired after a busy week in work and struggled on the Saturday afternoon session. Sharing my experince to give people an idea how events work and hopefully learn from some of the mistakes I made. I played in the Major U1750, aiming to secure a few wins or draws after a recent poor performance in the Minors at the Hampshire Chess Congress. Game 1: Draw White: David Lightfoot 1470K ECF Black: Ethan Bogerd 1323K Interesrting first game against Ethan, 8YO. Ethan made some unusual moves going into the middle game that I didn't fully appreciate and ultimatly we decided on a draw. Link to game on chess.com(https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/pgn/5nHfpYY28N?tab=review) Game 2: Loss White: Thomas Ewart 1237A Black: David Lightfoot 1470K ECF Another strong young player in game 2, also 8YO. I made an unforgivable blunder by attacking his Queen with a bishop I'd mistakenly assumed was covered. Blaming that on being tired and a bit over aggressive. The move was recoverable though as it allowed me to fork a Knight and Queen. I played this but failed to secure the other Bishop so still ended up a piece down and quickly lost. Link to game on chess.com(https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/pgn/qn7GZwNMk?tab=review&move=0) Game 3: I took a bye. Which was the right call with the 3rd game of the day at 7pm and my previous blunder in game 2. Game 4: Draw White: Philip Clarkson 1600P ECF Black: David Lightfoot 1470K ECF Phil was a stong online player with little recent experience in OTB rated games. I decided to play an obscure off the book opening with black with the goal to make him think early and not give him much pattern recognition or opportunity to attack. Seemed to work OK, I had a brief chance to go ahead on move 14 but missed it. I found myself in a very unusual set up with both Knights on the back rank like some sort of reserve calvalry. Eventually settling for a trade out and draw at a dead even position after 3 hours, I prefered the idea of lunch over risking a tricky end game against a strong player. Maybe one I should have pressed for a win but have had this in the past and ended up losing. Link to game on chess.com(https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/pgn/dJ8UZza4W?tab=review) Game 5: White: David Lightfoot 1470K ECF Black: Dominnic Warner 1603A ECF The final game I lost again on one key error after a strong start. Foolishly I was playing quite fast and carefree trying to catch an earlier train, my main goal was to trade out early and get a better position, I failed to capitilise on this in the middlegame. My opponent took advantage of my miscalucalating the main exchange on move 30. Taking me from a 0.5+ winning posision to a certain defeat. Good one to learn from, don't rush against strong players (I should know that already)! Link to game on chess.com(https://www.chess.com/analysis/game/pgn/2JDomSfUUE?tab=review&move=0) That's all! Overall, another disappointing performance for me, but very enjoyable. Lot's of lessons learned and will continue to wok towards my 1600 rating target through 2024. Main lessons, don't play tired, don't arrive tired. Don't rush moves, don't underestimate 8 year olds!!!!
My Games at the Coulsdon Winter Chess Congress
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David Lightfoot
Nov 24, 2023
In General Discussion
Hi all, I thought I'd get the forum started with a chat about the congress in 2024. As you know, a few of us are working to hold a large scale congress around the end of September, aiming not to clash with Hampshire, so will depend on their dates. The date is flexible currently and open to other suggestions. So far we have looked at several venues in Ryde. The Castle Hotel and the Yelf's being options. Does anyone know of a hotel or venue with a large function room that could fit 25 to 50 chess boards and 50 to 100 players? We are hoping to have around x100 players if we can have a large enough prize pool to attract players from the mainland. Any ideas or thoughts on the congress very welcome. We will hold a general meeting on it also in the new year. Thanks
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Nov 22, 2023
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Nov 22, 2023
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Nov 22, 2023
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