Danny reports on an up and down performance at the Colin Crouch Celebration Masters.
Early April I got the coach down from Alnwick to Harrow, in North London, to play the Colin Crouch Celebration Masters. Unfortunately it didn’t take long for me to lose a game. In truth I got thoroughly outplayed by Tamas Fodor Jr. in our round four game. I could console myself to some extent with the thought that I didn’t play too badly in that game, he just played very well. In the past this might have affected me too much, and it would have lead to a spiral of loss after loss. But t-1000 Gorm is made of tougher stuff.
In the very next round I was paired against Rob Willmoth, who was having an excellent tournament. Despite getting a promising opening I was unable to get to get anything much with it, and by the time we reached the diagram position the game seemed completely equal, and I had more or less resigned myself to a draw (and a healthy loss of rating points.)
Perhaps my greatest examination came in round eight. I had already fallen behind the leader Jahongir Vakhidov by this stage and trailed by a point.
Under the circumstances I might have expected him to be in a peaceful mood and fairly happy with a draw. Not a bit of it. Jahongir has built up a huge store of confidence over the last few months, winning tournament after tournament and tends to just go for the jugular in every game. It wasn’t long before I came under severe pressure.
Danny Gormally is a talented English Grandmaster. He lives in the bustling market town of Alnwick, somewhere near Scotland.
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