Before round 7, Abe asked me to check his game during his play (The tournament hall was spacious, spectators were allowed). In other rounds, from now and than, I peeked at some games including his, and took a few pictures (I always had the flash off). He probably meant to check his game more often. I had suggested him to walk around more, especially upon seeing a good move or big setback, after the walk, he might change his idea or just calm down from intending to rush or be panic. Seeing me might remind him my suggestions.
In the round, he seated at the end of one table near a wall, there was a big space between the table and the wall, so spectators can pass through. And there were chairs not far from Abe’s back along the wall. I might take a seat and walk around while watching Abe’s game, I was glad. The game started, Abe had the same amount of material as his opponent in most of the game. Abe slowed down his game quite a bit and paused in deep meditation sometimes. I was a little relieved.
I did not know Abe was losing positionally, his opponent having two passed pawns, Abe traded quite some pieces with his opponent and went on to keep attacking. As the game was progressing, the two passed pawn proved to be overwhelming for Abe to handle, he lost his game.
On the way home, I said, “The passed pawns are too dangerous.”
“Yes.” Abe replied.
Other than that, I had nothing to say about the game. Abe slowed down and did his best, he still lost, but I think he learned one thing or two from his strong opponent. His opponent has an USCF rating of more than 1900. Abe still had a long way to go in chess in order to win or draw a player with such strength.
Abe lost again to an opponent with an USCF rating of more than 1700 in the next round. He was very sad after that. I was a little worried that he could care less for chess; he was reluctant to go to his final round. He said he wanted to stay at home doing his homework.
Anyway, he went and scored one point in his final round. He was in a good mood again. I told him that the purpose of having him playing in this tournament was to learn the good habit of playing chess from the strong opponents.
Looking back to his tournament, I am glad that Abe played quite a few strong opponents and he realized to slow down his game.
What a great chess tournament! What a wonderful learning experience for Abe (He played two 1900, one 1700 USCF, 1800, 1700 and 1600 FIDE)!