It was really fun: I had forgotten why I liked long away tournaments, where you get in a rhythm of just chess, all day: no email, no phone, no nonchess friends, no errands, no work, no computer. I really love that state when it feels like playing rather than work, you feel light and enjoy the long endgames because they are fun.
It takes me a little while to get used to sitting at the board again. I felt very antsy in the first rounds and got up every few moves. Then Saturday evening I was playing a caro against a 1900, when I thought I was being principled, but hung an exchange.
I was angry and entirely determined that I would not lose, that I would fight hard and trick this guy somehow, and I did, and then by the Sunday rounds I was content to sit still and let my face melt into my hands.
here are some puzzle moments from my games:
3) I'm 9.5/11 with the caro kann! How do I win here? (round 2 vs Philip Selis)