How I scored 3rd International Master norm

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At the beginning of this year I have announced (see here: I’m going to play more chess and you can expect big comeback 😀 And here it is. In July I’ve played two tournaments, one just a day after another and in the second (Najdorf Memorial in Warsaw) I managed to get my 3rd International Master norm quite easily with confidence. I secured it after 8 rounds so I could even loose the last game 😀



Indeed the performance 2531 is quite stunning, I recovered nearly 60 ELO points and what’s the most important – I played against really strong field (5 GMs, 3 IMs, 1 FM – average rating 2488) – detailed info under this link: But… about my previous tournament there’s not much to say, I played couple interesting games but the overall score was much below expectations. My performance there was 2230, so how on earth it is possible to perform 300 ELO points better just within couple days?

In last years when I was playing only occasionally I always had a feeling at the end of the tournament that now I can play on a good level. In other words, if I had played the next tournament right away I would have performed much better. See what I wrote one year ago – “As usual now I feel like I would play much better chess if I play next tournament but next month I’m doing some other stuff so I can forget everything again just to recall it during the next tournament”  ( It’s obvious after the tournament one can remind himself quite many things, some opening lines, the way to calculate during the game etc. so one should perform better in the next tournament. But can it really make such a huge difference? And on the other hand one could say that it’s more likely to become tired playing one tournament after another without any break… It all sounds like some kind of storytelling which happens very often to chess players (The subject was very well covered by psychologist and GrandMaster Jonathan Rowson in his great book “Chess for Zebras” Gambit 2005) and maybe in some way it is but that were at least my thoughts and the reason why I necessarily chose to play two tournaments instead of one. That was my theory and it worked perfectly. Of course I don’t rule out any other influences on my score like the fact it was less hot during the second event or simply I was playing much stronger opponents against whom I usually play more responsibly and just better. One thing for me is clear anyway  – The best way to prepare for the tournament is to play the tournament! That can’t be a rule of thumb for all players, especially for some old guys with poor physical condition but for the players like me that looks like the way to go 🙂


…and here is me playing against the legendary GrandMaster Oleg Romanishin ( – probably the toughest opponent I have ever met. Playing against him was really inspiring. He crashed me terribly 3 years ago but this time I managed to make a draw.


European Rapid Chess Championship 2011 – final report

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As I’ve announced I played European Rapid Chess Championship this weekend. The quality of my games wasn’t great plus results weren’t satisfactory too…

I won 3 first games but later I lost to GM Mista playing without a plan… then I won 5th round and in the 6th round faced GM Miton where I managed to get some advantage with Black but generally the game was messy and at some point I played such a terrible move and just lost… I was very irritated what was one of the reasons I lost two next games scoring very bad result after first day of Gawlikowski Memorial (I checked that in years 2006-2010 I had more points after 8 rounds but I think the score in 2005 as well as 2004, 2003 might have been even better!). Next day was of course much better, there were 5 rounds so I won 4 games and in the last game I had to play GM Potkin (again I got Black pieces vs. GM!). I lost this game without putting big resistance even though position wasn’t that clear. All in all I must say I wasn’t in a best shape this time… Maybe next time will be better 😀

The tournament was won by GM Baadur Jobaava, second was GM Sanan Sjugirov and third was GM Robert Kempinski. Full results:

European Rapid Chess Championship, Warsaw 17-18.12.2011

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It’s quite a long time since my last post but as I expected I was very busy with my studies… it goes rather well, but it’s very time consuming.

In last time I played only YMCA tournament in Warsaw (one round per week) – I’ll write report about my final results soon.

But this weekend there’s great fun to play in European Rapid Chess Championship in Warsaw (The Palace of Culture and Science, Plac Defilad 1). On the starting list there’re registered nearly 800 chess players including 9 players above 2700! and plenty of other very strong GrandMasters (see: My current rating 2364 makes my starting number around place 100. The prize for the first place is equal to 4000 euros, not so easy to grab, but there’re many other prizes which are worth fighting for. Great fun!

The tournament is also called Gawlikowski Memorial (it became European Rapid Champ. in 2005 if my memory doesn’t fail me). I have played there since year 2001 when I won prize for the best player under age 10 😀 it was big positive shock to me that time. Later I had different results but I was always happy to play there. The conditions are just great comparing other events.

Today there was blitz tournament (European Blitz Chess Championship) with almost 400 participants, but I’haven’t played because I had some laboratories at my university plus I never treat blitz seriously enough.

All the information needed can be found here:

Keep fingers crossed for me! I’haven’t been training for a long time but still hope to have some nice games 😉