83 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook #42This week's article is called "Enhancing Your First Tournament Experience" and the first five pages are devoted to playing in OTB tournaments - not much that would be applicable to GK or even GK tournaments. However, if you've been reading along, you know that Heisman sometimes squirrels away worthwhile info at the end of his articles that don't necessarily track with the topic in the title. That's the case in this article. The last three pages of the article have a very worthwhile discussion of King and Pawn vs. King endgames and some common misconceptions among beginners related thereto. So don't just look at the title and assume that there's nothing there for you....
40 ( +1 | -1 ) Yes, ThanksEven if there is not a lot of discussion it helps to have a reminder each week. This week it's all relevant to me because I decided to try my first OTB tournament in 40 years next month. It was useful to have some tips. Common sense really, but it was useful to read them.
On a related topic, does anyone know what kind of tournament is being referred to by the term "Quads?"
66 ( +1 | -1 ) cascadejames,pairings in a "quad" tournament are done by listing the ratings of all participants in order and then grouping the top four players to play against each other, then the next four, etc. As as result, everyone is playing all their games against folks at about their level.
This is different from the more common (at least in the US) Swiss pairings where, especially in the early rounds, high ranked players are often paired against mid-ranked and mid-ranked against low-ranked. In Swiss tourneys it's usually only after a couple of rounds that folks begin to get matched up against similarly rated players.