Wednesday, March 22, 2006

It's on!

The games against USCF National Master Jeff Ashton have begun. Something tells me i am going to win both games :-)
How? Well, i hope i am wrong, but he started a bunch of games in which his challengers made their moves and he never made his. Thus forfeiting them on time. And because of that, i feel it's highly likely that the same thing will happen in our games.
He's probably a busy guy (which is understandable in his position), but i do hope to play a complete game (or two) against him...
By the way, all is still equal in my games vs the Grandmaster :-)
Though i am more happy with my white game then with my black game. Have a look at the current positions. In the first diagram i'm playing white. In the second one i'm playing black (duh). Please, do not comment about possible lines and/or continuations.

Black to move.

White to move.


At 22 March, 2006 20:18 , Blogger sciurus said...

Hi Edwin,
same thing just happened to me (no NM involved here, though). One player in my tournament on is over the time limit. This is my very first correspondence chess tournament, so I am not sure what to do. Claim the win (although I would clearly prefer to win more "honorable") or wait more and in the best case play against somebody who is very unresponsive. Any advice?

At 23 March, 2006 07:42 , Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said...

Well my advice is to take the point! It is a tournament in this case and your opponent know what he signed up for. And in a tournament, every point counts. Sure i would rather have played a game as well. But your opponent had his chance to do so and he didn't. Instead your opponent makes you wait untill time runs out, and has you feeling uncomfortable about claiming the win! Now ain't that a b*tch? Your opponent should be the one feeling uncomfortable instead. So, take the point if you want my advice ;-)

At 23 March, 2006 16:04 , Blogger sciurus said...

Thanks. Of course he moved while I was working through my games... So I decided to give ONE grace period ;-)


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