SPRAGGETT ON CHESS
I have to apologize to my readers for not updating this blog more the past couple of days, but the truth is that I have been struck with a bad flu while playing in the traditional San Sebastian Open tournament. Congestion, and at times with fever, it has also not helped that I am sleeping both poorly and very little.
Lady luck has been on myside for the most part, however, even though I failed to win a technically won ending two pawns up against the Irish international master Sam Collins!
I definitely intend to write more extensively on this wonderful little tournament when I am feeling better (probably early next week). A fellow Canadian , international master Leon Piasetski, is also taking part, and seems to be doing quite well !
I have been pretty inactive the past few months, but I am intending to start playing more in coming months. Health permitting, ofcourse, I will play in Metz (starting next weekend) and in the Sarajevo tournament in May. In the summer I will hit the tournament circuit in Europe. I won’t play at the Olympics in September, however.
Last year I played very little, especially with fears of the epidemic spreading. It turned out to be a sort of false alarm, however. At my age it is important to play a lot, and I can feel the lack of practice in my own recent games!
Here I am in the first round, using my favourite chess sweater (every serious player must have one!) I keep this for my tournaments only…my wife refuses to let me wear it at home (!).
Round 2 against the Norwegian master S.Bjerke. She spent 6 months in Edmonton last year!
San Sebastian is one of my favourite places in the whole world! I first played here in 1999, and try to come back every year (when convenient). The local chess organization is very professional and San Sebastian has a very active chess community.
SPRAGGETT ON CHESS