One thing that I forgot to mention was the change in time control. All of my previous games had been sudden death games. That means if it was game 45 if the player ran out of time in he lost. This was no longer the case. With the advent of digital clocks there is a time delay. The Parma Open had a five second delay. When the opponent hit the clock five seconds ran down before my time started.
This is a real boon for me as I play fast and could easily just play on the five seconds and never touch the real time if needed. I will miss the excitement of seeing the flag rise preparing to fall. Oh well, time awaits no man (For wete you well the tyde abydeth no man)
After the first game I felt pretty good. I returned to the main hall and pulled out my set. I met Ryan Knestrick and we played a bunch of speed games. We hit it off and I gave him some helpful hints. He traded pieces for no reason and had a habit of not leaving himself escape squares.
Also I found the older guy I had played in speed when I first got there. He was annoyed at himself that he had promoted a queen in his first game, misread the clock and stalemated his opponent achieving only a half point instead of the full point he deserved.
Soon it was time for my second game.
Again I was at table 13 (the earlier sign and table placement I think were done on purpose by the chess gods)
I sat down and lo and behold it was the older guy Richard Tiedman who was my opponent. He played the Caro-Kann Defence and my younger self would have played the Panov-Botvinnik Attack but now I like 2. f4. I don’t see it listed in MCO (Modern Chess Openings) but it seems strong.
The game was interesting but he blundered allowing me to fork his knight and bishop. This was the first time I ever felt bad winning a game of chess. Plus he used most of his time and I only used six minutes. When it was over he said, “Hiroshima had it better!”
White: Randall Bott
Black: Richard Tiedman
1. e4 c6 2. f4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. d3 Qb6 6. c3 Nd7 7. Be2 Be7 8. b4 a5 9. bxa5 Qxa5 10. O-O c5 11. Be3 Nh6 12. Nfd2 f6 13. exf6 Bxf6 14. Nb3 Qc7 15. g4 d4 16. cxd4 cxd4 17. Bd2 Bg6 18. g5 O-O-O 19. Na3 Nc5 20. Rc1 1-0