Alright, I've been inactive. I'm still training, but lately I've been captivated by the local tournament. I think I posted my goals, but I'll give a refresher.
1: get to 1000
2: win the local tournament
3: do good in the nationals. (it's in Nashville, Hooray!)
I am currently first place in this tournament, and I'm the favorite, being the highest rated. It goes as follows: I need to face everyone in the club; Adam, Austin, Ian, Dillon, Tim, A.J, Dylan, and Colin. These are MY results thus far.
Ian: To Be Played
Colin: To Be Played
I am winning by one half point, in front of Ian. This was a surprise to me, because I didn't consider him much of a threat. He has a loss to my draw. That doesn't really help in my judging of strength because he lost to someone I pummeled, but he won against the person I drew. Both were the result of a stupid blunder.
(I hung a knight, he hung his queen.)
This is going to be big. My training boils down to one match. I am facing Ian this Friday, and if I win, I Clinch. Even if I draw, I need to only face the weakest member of the club, Colin, and win. The odds are in my favor, but I am not going in there overconfident.
Well, I'm sorry for the nonsensical ramble. I needed to post, and this is very important. The next day immediately after the tournament ends we all fly off to Vermont for a tournament. This could make or break my confidence.
In other news, my new blog has been launched. 100 hobbies. It has nothing to do with my chess improvement, so don't worry, I'll continue to post.