Last Friday night, December 14, NM Josh Sinanan performed a simul against 19 competitors. Most were also slated for the Western Idaho Open scheduled for the next day. I arrived with Desmond, Dylan, and Riley Clark just 5 minutes before the opening words from TD Jeff Roland. After introductions and an interesting decision by Josh to allow folks to choose either black or white, Josh shook hands with the first competitor and continued to move counter clockwise around the tables. He even varied his openings depending on the age of his opponents!
For example, against Desmond he played the Queen's Indian Defense (1. d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6) and against Dylan, he played Alekhine's Defence, the Maroczy Variation (1. e4 Nf6 2. d3 d5). As white he played the Ruy Lopez (1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5) against Riley Clark and Queen's Gambit declined against me. Naturally, I played the Marshall Defense out of ignorance of the outcome. But, now I know. If he was playing by the book against all 19 of us, then his head must be a file cabinet of information. Or, maybe he was playing naturally?
|Both girls look pretty even (except for pawn structures)|
I played a very even game up until move 31 where 31 ..Qe7?? Un retrospect, I believe 31. ..Ne8 would have been a much better move and might have salvaged a draw. Here is a the theoretical position after all the exchanges. Not so bad! With more experience, practice and endgame study, I might actually be more than just an amateur.
|What could or should have been?|
|Riley waits for Ruy Lopez|
|Riley gets her board signed by NM Josh Sinanan|
Josh ended by winning 18 games and drawing against Caleb Kircher.
I love attending and playing in tournaments. I love what I notice on the board and off.