SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
Well, the tournament ended with a very well deserved defeat in the final morning round! I got plenty of sleep the night before, did my usual routine including preparation. I felt motivated. But during the game my brain stopped functioning normally: at one move I saw the correct move, but then started to think 10 minutes, then 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and finally 40 minutes without seeing anything special! Simply, I froze up…a morning round problem with many players. It is not surprising that I not only messed up a good position and even lost a piece in 1 move!
Overall I am satisfied with my performance from a creative point of view. I can not complain about bad luck (or good luck!) since it seemed to even out over the 9 round tournament. I gained a bit more than 4 ELO rating points.
I am heading back home today (or tomorrow) and I promise to give some tidbits from the tournament. A lot of interesting chess was played!
Here is a flash back to the past! I found this old interview of when I participated in the Candidates Tournament in 1985. Apparently there is more to come from this source, and it seems a website dedicated to the Montpellier super-tournament is just about completed. More later!