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Bob armstrong - day 9

 

Starting the Day Off Right – Wee Hours of the Morning

After midnight Sunday, after playing Rd. 9, and then driving 6 hrs. from Montreal to Toronto, I continued work on the draft Blog # 9 (covering Saturday), but was too tired to get far. I went to bed early, for me – 12:30 AM.

Mid-Morning Sunday

I awoke at 6:00 AM – not bad – 5 ½ hrs. sleep. I then finished Blog # 9 and sent it to FQE (Roman) and posted it on Chesstalk. Then I started to analyze my Rd. 9 Game (which, initially, I decided was not of blog quality, and so I omitted it – it will show up in due course, though, on Chess5).
I imagine the viewer is fine with me no longer giving the minutiae of my existence in my blog, since the tournament is now over. I hope you are not in withdrawal after 8 days of the Bob & Mario show!  So the torture, in that respect is concluded. But……..

 

Bob Armstrong - day 10

 

Starting the Day Off Right – Wee Hours of the Morning

After midnight Saturday, I continued work on the draft Blog # 8 (covering Friday), analyzed my Rd. 8 Game, and finished both. Mario went to bed about 2:00 AM, after doing some packing for checking out of the hotel about 9:30 AM Saturday. I then got the blog out to FQE and posted it on Chesstalk about 3:30 AM. Then, finally (whew!) I went to bed..

Mid-Morning

I awoke at 5:30 AM (2 hrs.?? come on!). So I decided to try to go back to sleep, and surprisingly was successful – got up again at 7:30 AM. So I checked e-mails, dealt with my FB site obligations, my daughter and I sent a few e-mails back and forth (she lives in Montreal and we had had a delightful lunch together on Tuesday), started work on this Blog # 9, and I started packing up.

 

Bob Armstrong - day 9

 

Starting the Day Off Right – Wee Hours of the Morning

After midnight Friday, I continued work on the draft Blog # 7(covering Thursday) and finished it, except for the game 7 analysis. Mario prepped for his Rd. 8 opponent. I went to bed at 1:00 PM.

Mid-Morning

I awoke at 6:30 AM – a very long sleep for me, especially during tournaments. So I checked e-mails, posted on the 4 FB chess sites I manage/co-manage, and looked at the other 2 non-chess FB pages I manage. I reviewed my almost complete draft of the blog # 7, and made minor revisions. Then I continued analyzing the Rd. 7 game for blog # 7.
Mario got up about 7:15 AM. as I was getting my blog # 7 sent out to FQE, and posted on Chesstalk. Then we went down to the food court for breakfast (not Timmies or McD’s!)
When we came back, I found that Jack Maguire of Toronto, who I know from the Annex CC where I also play, was taking umbrage at my mild criticism of the Dutch Defence in my Blog # 7. I and my trusty researcher came up with a bit of a defence, and so I posted. But Jack pointed out that statistics can lie. He did force me to re-evaluate the “source” I was using to bolster my case. So I then got into the difference between anecdotal collection of human results, and the pure chess theology of computers, demanding the perfect move each time (we humans are a bit sloppy on this front). Jack noted that I play humans….hmmm.
This all tired my official blog researcher out, and the next thing I know, on work time, there he is sacked out on his bed. So I decided to go out for a walk, and get some fresh air, before I commenced working on this Blog # 8. When I came back, Mario was up.

 

Bob armstrong - day 6

 

Starting the Day Off Right – Wee Hours of the Morning

After midnight today (Thursday), I continued work on the draft Blog # 6 (covering Wednesday) and finished it, except for the game 6 analysis. I went to bed at 1:00 PM.

Mid-Morning

I awoke at 7:30 AM – a very long sleep for me, especially during tournaments. So I checked e-mails, posted on the 4 FB chess sites I manage/co-manage, and looked at the other 2 non-chess FB pages I manage. I reviewed my almost complete draft of this blog # 6, and made minor revisions. Then I continued analyzing the Rd. 6 game for this blog # 6. Mario was not yet up, and at noon I was going to lunch with my son (he lives in Montreal). So I needed an early breakfast. I went to McD’s and brought it back to keep on the game. Mario was up, and then he went down, and brought back breakfast. We happily worked, chatted and philosophized in our new CO Blogging Office, provided to us by the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

 

Bob armstrong - day 5

 

Starting the Day Off Right – Wee Hours of the Morning

After midnight today (Wednesday), I continued work on the draft Blog # 5 (for Tuesday) and finished it, but did not want to try to send it out and post it when somewhat tired (error rate goes up). I went to bed at 2:30 PM.

Mid-Morning

I awoke at 5:00 AM – a bit shorter than I would regularly sleep, but not uncommon during tournaments. So I checked e-mails, posted on the 4 FB chess sites I manage/co-manage, and looked at the other 2 non-chess FB pages I manage. I started the draft for this Blog # 6, covering Wednesday. Then I reviewed my draft of this blog # 5 I had finished early Wednesday morning before I went to bed. I made a few minor corrections. Then at 7:30 AM I sent it out to the FQE (Roman) for posting. Then I posted it myself on Chesstalk.
I felt pretty good about the timing. All other prior blogs have been posted in the late afternoon or even just before 11:59 PM the night after the day blogged about. So…what is the new challenge?? What about a new goal of “scooping the administration” for the U 2000 section – that is, to get my blog sent to the FQE and posted on Chesstalk BEFORE midnight of the day blogged about, and BEFORE the FQE organizers get it up on the web. My blog would be the ONLY place to get the latest breaking news on the U 2000 section.
Well this thinking didn’t last long – the organizers/arbiters now seem to have asserted full control over the entire ship! Before 11:59 PM Wednesday, all (to my knowledge) section standings/pairings were on the net! This I can’t beat.  Congratulations guys! I’ll now trash my new goal, and go back to trying to get it out before 9:00 AM the next day.

 

Bob armstrong - day 4

 


Starting the Day Off Right – Wee Hours of the Morning

After midnight today (Tuesday), I continued work on the draft Blog # 4 and went to bed at 1:30 PM. I awoke at 5:00 AM – a bit less than I really need for my health, but not uncommon during tournaments. So I checked e-mails, posted on the 4 FB chess sites I manage/co-manage, and looked at the other 2 non-chess FB pages I manage. Then I continued analyzing Aiden Zhou’s U 2000 Section game to be used in blog # 4 (was hoping to get it out today, Tuesday, by noon). Mario got up at 8:00 AM, and went to his laptop to muck around, as he is want to do sometimes – like posting on Chesstalk. I offered to go get us 2 coffees. On the way back I found out the U 2000 section was now back on track – pairings and standings up outside the playing hall. And on the net! So back up to the slavemaster laptop.

 

Bob armstrong - day 3

 

Starting the Day Off Right – The Wee Hours of the Morning

  After midnight Sunday morning, there was my roomie, Mario Moran-Venegas (picture in Blog # 1), checking various chess stuff on his laptop, and me wondering when I might get Blog # 2 out, once I finished it. I still needed to finish analyzing my game, to put it in. Still no U 2000 Rd. 1 results posted. So Mario hit the sack about 12:45 AM, and I followed about ½ hr. later.

Mid-Morning

I managed to get my normal 5 hrs. sleep (up at 6:15 AM). And then went back to finishing analysis of my Rd. 1 game (didn’t get it done Saturday night). The blog was then totally complete and ready to go….except for the U 2000 section results – but at 8:00 AM, still no U 2000 Rd. 1 results posted; so Mario and I went for a quick breakfast at our now favourite 24/7 Timmies.

 

Bob armstrong - day 2

 

2014 Canadian Open U 2000 Blog (Armstrong)

Blog # 2 - Day 1/ Rd. 1 – Saturday, July 19

NOTE: this blog would have been posted earlier today (Sunday), but there were apparently arbiter issues in our section, and the results of Rd. 1 for our section only were posted late Sunday morning at about 11:00 AM. I could not complete my blog until I had those results, so I had to delay, though the rest of the blog was all finished earlier and ready to go (subject to the one results section being needed). And then I had to play Rd.2 and so could not deal with this ‘til about 3:00 PM after my game.

Starting the Day Off Right – The Wee Hours of the Morning

Friday night, I started the Blog # 1 on the “Day Prior” to the tournament. I finished it very early Saturday morning at about 1:00 AM, and sent it off to Roman, the FQE staff member working with me, who was to post it about noon Saturday on the FQE website, to start off my tournament blogging for the next 8 days. He was adding my Blog heading under the “Follow the tournament” page, so it would be readily seeable.
My chess friend, Mario Moran-Venegas, with whom I’m sharing a Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel room, and I, then went to bed around 2:30 AM Saturday morning.
For those who know me, they know that I sleep about 5 hours per night on average (I guess if you are retired, old, doing little exercise, and sitting at a computer all day, you don’t use many calories up, and hence aren’t too tired). But it is worse when it comes to sleeping during tournaments. I have now self-diagnosed, and determined I have what is known as “chess tournament sleep disorder”! My average sleep is usually around 3-4 hours. Adrenalin effect??

 

Bob Armstrong - day 0

 

2014 Canadian Open U 2000 Blog (Armstrong)

The “Day Prior” – Friday, July 18 (Blog # 1)

Introduction

Well, the biggest annual Canadian chess tournament, the Canadian Open, is now upon us in Montreal, Quebec. And for all the chess aficionados across Canada, tuning in to the day by day struggles, I, Bob Armstrong, have to hand out a warning. I am once again inflicting myself on the Canadian chess public, and posting my 2014 Canadian Open U 2000 Blog!

After a 35 year absence from playing in Canadian Opens, I, starting with 2006, have now played in 7 of the 8 consecutive Canadian Opens. I don’t remember which year I started blogging my tournament section, but I know I have done it for at least three years now (one of the years, when I played in the Toronto International, rather than the BC CO, I blogged it).

 

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