I ended up my North Sydney (Norths) Chess club competition, with an absolutely dismal score of +3-4=3.
My final game was lost to Paul Sike (1312) when I ran into time trouble difficulties (first time I lost a game on time) and could not play the best moves. My heartiest congratulations to Paul for a good game. Well played!
This was a very disappointing tournament for me. I know that I'm capable of doing much better but I seem to get myself caught up in complications.
In the last 2 years since I started playing chess, I have to say that this ranks as my worst performance so far.
I will definitely try to do better. My weak points have always been middlegame strategies and tactics and I am still trying to find a balance in time management.
Thankfully, I do not have much time to mope over it.
The NSW Grade matches are coming soon which would take my mind off things. I've also signed up to play for Norths in the Small Boards match vs players from Manly and the week after that, against players from St George.
I would like to thank Norman Greenwood and Rex Simmonds for their help in keeping this tournament running smoothly.
PS: I do realise that finishing a workday 30 minutes before a game and then having to grab dinner and huff it to the chess club to make it there on time is probably not the best thing in the world to prepare your mind for a gruelling 2-3 hour game. So a special thanks to Vladimir for making suggestions on doing things like finding time for a small nap might be beneficial. I've been trying to put it into practice. It has certainly helped.