USAT North

It’s the first time that Abe played in a team tournament. It looked that it’s a lot of fun. What a strong and diversified field! Many teams were from out of the state, even many local players were not familiar to me: some from high school, with a lot of energy and determination, and greatly underrated; some senior masters,  with a little bit of rust  but still enough prohibitive capabilities.

USAT North

USAT North

After one of Abe’s losses, I asked him did he blundered. He said “No, it’s just a miscalculation. I was winning before that.” In fact, a later computer analysis revealed a swing of at least seven pawn values (I thought one pawn value loss could be considered a blunder).

He said he was so scared of sacrifice, I guessed that his miscalculation could be on a bad sacrifice. I told him that there are two options to deal with it. One is to think more to make sure it work. The other is not to take that risk if you are not sure, instead, try to transfer the game into a favorable endgame.

Abe mentioned his sacrifice worked except his opponent got too many compensations. I replied ” You meant that your sacrifice did not work, didn’t you.” I guess if  my suggestions were good,  Abe would knew them already since he read much more chess books than I do. Therefore, he won’t listen to me. A better alternative is, as I hoped, to let him learn from his mistakes.

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A winter wonderland

For those who participated in the 1st North America Amateur Open last weekend at North Shore Chess Center, you probably agree with me at the title. I took some pictures last Friday night:

The road leading to the chess center

The road leading to the chess center

Outside of the chess center

Outside of the chess center

Inside of the chess center

Inside of the chess center

It’s a pity if you missed it. By the way, there’s more snow falling the next day.

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Snow, sweet snow

I am sorry for the people who have to work and drive today. They may not like snow at all. But for kids, snow is fun. Wow, it’s a big snow. They have waiting for it for days. Finally, it’s here. Even no school today and tomorrow—a dream came true?

Snow, sweet snow

Snow, sweet snow

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