Few days I ago I came back home from very nice trip to Russia a country with the largest amount of chess Grandmasters in the world. I was dreaming about playing strong tournament there for many years and finally this dream came true and I participated in the Chigorin Memorial (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chigorin_Memorial) in beautiful city of Saint Petersburg.
I started very well, in the 3rd round I faced the former FIDE World Champion Alexander Khalifman and chose my secret weapon 1.f4 and managed to even put some pressure. The game finally ended in a draw.
I played few more famous Grandmasters in this tournament but somehow I couldn’t break through but I beat all weaker players so with the score 5.5/9 I gained some rating points which is always a positive thing 🙂
Before each round I was walking a lot around the city, there were many nice things to see and I would certainly recommend everyone to visit this place and I hope I’ll be there again in the future.
…and here’s even a little video I recorded there. Maybe at some point I will start making vlogs 😛