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Need advice about OTB tourney
If someone who has gone to several OTB tournaments in America could please message me privately.
I am going to my first in October and I have a lot of questions beforehand.
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Just as here, even in OTB, they will under-estimate you! Here you lowered your rating! There you are a newbie! So same effect! please dont take umbrage, just wanted to bring in some humor! ;-)
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I'm just seriously wondering what kind of competition I will provide there. I've been playing chess seriously all my life.. but never gone to a tournament. I want to know if I'll get wiped off the board in round 1 or easily win the whole thing.
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It depends on what tournament you're going to. Less popular, swiss style, open tournaments can be easier to win, but popular rating-defined tournaments will wipe you out quickly.
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How does someone find a tournment in the area. I'm 16 years old and I want to compete in a junior's tournment I want to find umm I guess a swiss style or a school tournment. So how would I find one. And how should I prepare? Should I study allot of openings or can i go with the skills I have now.
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If you get a Chess magazine, (I get Chess Life, for example) tournaments are listed in the back pages by state. You can also likely search on the web, and find some tournaments in your area, as well. Many clubs try to fund themselves by hosting open tournaments.
From my experience in OTB, make sure your midgame is tops. Opening and endgame tactics should really come almost naturally from there.
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"Should I study allot of openings or can i go with the skills I have now."
If you want to study something, study tactics, endgames and annotated master games. Spending lots of time for openings is not really useful until you are VERY strong player.
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OTB v GK
Firstly, there is a difference in ratings between OTB and GK. Whatever your GK rating is, subtract 200-250 points to give you an approximate OTB rating.
Secondly, you need to practice real-time notation and clock punching, BEFORE going to the tournament. The procedure is to move, punch clock, notate, think. When your opponent moves, the procedure is notate, think. You must MASTER this procedure.
Many OTB novices forget to punch the clock. Once they realize they should have, they get flustered. Also, many players respond to the opponent's move by thinking about it without notating. Then they fail to notate the move at all. If you find you messed up your notation, don't get flustered. Just start notating correctly thereafter, by skipping the move space on the scoresheet.
Thirdly, keep focused on the game. Try not to walk around, looking at other players' games. You game is the only one that counts when you are playing. So, avoid this bad habit of others.
Fourthly, master the time control. Usually you have plenty of time to play. Do not rush. After each ten moves, assess your time. The normal game lasts 40 moves. So, if you are playing a game in 40 minute time control (G/40), add the number of moves already made to the time remaining. It should be 40 or more. After twenty moves, you should have more than 20 minutes left on your clock. Figure out the math for the tournament time control AHEAD of time.
Fifthly, an OTB tournament is like an examination. It will test your chess skill up to 30 days PRIOR to the actual tournament. It is far better to REVIEW chess material you already know during the last 30 days, than to start learning new material. Give your brain a break from dealing with new stuff. Unless you are on your deathbed, you probably will play in other OTBs later on. So, just test yourself on the material already learnt.
Sixthly, take a break from chess for three days just prior to the tournament, even from GK. Postpone your games. Go fishing or read Lord of the Rings. Give your mind a vacation from chess.
Seventhly, and most importantly, treat your opponent with special regard. He, too, is one of the elite in this country who play tournament chess. Always be courteous, even if he is not. You are playing the board, not the person. Ignore his non-board distractions. Play the position. Have fun and enjoy your outing. Let the other player have the heart attack.
You are there to celebrate your recent hard studies and to test YOURSELF, not him. If you play well, but are outplayed, then rejoice. If you play sloppily, even if you win, it is a disappointment. The contest is you v you. Remember that.
Let us all know how well you played. Best of luck on the exams.
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Let us know
Let us know how it works out, Olympio. I do suspect you will be underrated at first, then when you start winning, people will become suspicious.
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here there are a lot of open and strong tourney in turkey...its not so close (!) to USA but u can send me a message if u r interested ...there is a grand prix in my city ....i played last year but this year i cant...i am not ready to play otb right now....
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your opponent and always stay focuses throughout the game. The game isn't won until it is over.
As for studying openings, I think this is important for tournament play. Why? If you know your 1st 10 moves really well, you can gain a good time advantage early in the game.
Always know the rules of the tournament (they can be different) before you play your first game, it is very frustrating to lose on a technicality.
finally, enjoy it - enjoy your wins, learn from your loses.