My First Chess Tournament

by Kevin Penny

How well I remember my first chess tournament. I remember the night before the tournament when I could barely sleep at all. I was a nervous wreck. I studied and studied what little chess books I had at the time. I had a cheap Novag Solo pocket computer for my training partner. I think it's rating was somewhere around 1200.

My first tournament was held in a town about 40 miles from my home. It was located in a church on the outskirts of town. A rural country setting. I took my wife and kids with me for support. There were about 15 chess players that day. I lost my first game, lost my second, lost my third, and BINGO, drew my fourth game. I was hooked. I didnt lose all my games. I finished the tournament with a provisional rating of about 1167. I was so proud of that rating.

Well after that first tournament about twenty years ago, I continued to participate in various tournaments. My rating has climbed, but I have not played enough over the board tournaments to reach any higher than 1310. My online rating at ChessWorld is 1792, and I would say that I am a high Class C player or low Class B. Chess has been very good to me and there is not a day gone by when I do not think of the game. My goal is to raise my tournament rating to at least 1500 by the end of the year. Chess has become a very important part of my life, and I will do what I can to help promote it.

Rude Tactics at a Chess Tournament

At a few of the chess tournaments I have attended, my opponents have done a few things to try and disrupt my game. Here are a few examples.

1. Cough constantly

2. Shake one of their legs continuously

3. Stare

4. Get up and go talk to their father who is an expert at the game. Then come back and discover a move they hadnt seen, but you did, then they move

5. Scratch their heads allowing you to see the dandruff fall off, some on the board

6. A constant clearing of the throat

7. Scratch their unshaven face

These are just a few I have encountered.

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