Niles North had a ChessTastic Tournament at Bloom TWP High School
We played really well at this tournament and ended up getting 3rd place in the Fresh Soph section (Jiedong, Manduul, Eric H, Jacob)! Shoutout to Craig for receiving 1st place in the open section! Everyone did amazingly at the tournament so that was awesome. We have a few new additions to the chess team: Jacob Shor (Freshmen) & Natalie Badalov (Sophomore). Welcome to the team guys and hope you guys enjoy the next three-four terrific years at Niles North Chess Club. Overall it was a ChessTastic tournament.
Some important things to take away from this tournament are to focus on your plans and keep the initiative! Do not give in too easily to your opponent’s plans. Always follow through with your plans or try very hard to at least. DO NOT make your opponent look smart by responding to all his moves the whole game. Make your opponent respond to YOU! This is called MACHO CHESS and that is what you guys should be playing. This will help you create plans in the opening, middle game, and even the endgame. Remember: “Tactics flow from a superior position” -Bobby Fisher (World Chess Champion). You can only get a superior position if you worked through your plans and achieved a better position.
Also, please develop and castle as fast as you can every game ! I noticed you guys were not doing that this tournament and some people lost their games in a very unfortunate way!
CHESSTASTIC WAY TO PLAY CHESS!
1. MOVE YOUR PIECES ONLY ONCE IN AN OPENING (PAWNS ARE NOT PIECES).
2. DEVELOP TOWARDS THE CENTER.
3. CASTLE EARLY.
4. DON’T MOVE PAWNS, MOVE PIECES!
5. DON’T MOVE YOUR QUEEN EARLY.
Also, there are some interesting pictures… Look for Craig’s creepy picture!