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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).

 

Comment se faire mater en 13 coups avec les Blancs.

 

J'ai eu l'occasion d'affronter Félix Dumont à plusieurs reprises. celle-ci était la première. À l'époque, Félix jouait depuis 2 ans et nous avions atteint une cote semblable d'environ 1700.

J'ai toujours été grand amateur de 1.Cf3 et de setups carrément douteux en général. Félix me réfute à peu près systématiquement, comme en témoigne mon score de 1/5 contre lui. 

Donc oui, je me suis parfois fait écraser dans l'ouverture, mais jamais au point de me faire mater en 13 coups avec les Blancs. Jusqu'au 2 novembre 2009. 

 

Mate ces échecs - Gags

 

La Fédération québécoise des échecs vous présente ces gags, résultats d'une entente avec Mate ces échecs.

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Café du Vieux Québec

 

Hommage à Paul St-Amand, jr.

Chroniqueur de « La colonne ouverte des échecs » (Le Soleil, 1987-88)

Il y a bien longtemps maintenant que je passe près des murs du Café du Vieux Québec, m’arrêtant parfois pour reluquer son intérieur. Au travers la vitre assombrie par la fumerolle de la cuisinière, j’aperçois un mur rose bonbon, des piles de magazines, un habit de clown sur un cintre, un réfrigérateur tapissé de découpures de journaux, un organe noyé dans le formol, une vieille lampe sur pieds sans abat-jour, et bien sûr le cuistot lui-même, dégustant un jus aux raisins blancs, tout en driblant un ballon de basket.
 

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