I have a rating now! Well, actually, I think it will take several more days to show up online, but I am still officially a member of USCF! This is very exciting. How did I get a rating, you ask? Simple! I went to Binghamton for their monthly tourney, as the title suggests. It offers free 1-year membership in USCF with the $35 entry fee. Great deal, considering the membership's around $30/year by itself.
The chess was very fun, though not quite as intense as when I played Palatnik in the simultaneous match. I recorded the games, of course, and I present them here with extremely rudimentary analysis. I am the Unrated player in each game--I decided to leave out names, since there's no particular need to include them.
E91 - King's Indian/Classical System with 7. ...d6
Opening: D08 - Queen's Gambit/Albin's Counter Gambit with 4. a3
4.a3 a5 (a3 is passive, but required. Perhaps better is 4. Nf3 immediately.)
8.Bxe3? Qxd1 (8.Qxd8+ Rxd8 9.Bxe3 Ne7 10.Nbd2 Ng6 11.0-0-0 drawish)
11.h3? Bxf3 (11.0-0 Bxf3 12.Bxf3 Nxe5 13.Be2 Nf5 14.Bf4 Ng6 15.Bg4 Nxf4 16.Bxf5+ Kb8 17.Rad1 drawish, but I haven't thought about it much)
16.Bg4+? f5 (16. 0-0 is far less bad)
20.Nd5?? Re1# (Anything else loses, but Nd5?? was fastest)
C02 - French/Advance Variation with 4. Bb5+?
Opening: King's Indian Attack vs. French Defense
2.d3 d5 (I actually expected him to play 2.d4 so much that I wrote down d4 on my record sheet, made my move, and then noticed his next move and realized, "Oh, right, he plays KIA.")
16.cxd3 Ba6? (I honestly didn't spot the next move. I got compensation, though.)
34.Kg2 Qb7? (34.fxe6 and White cannot mate)
35.Qf5 g6 (if now ...fxe6, 36.Qxh7+ Kf7 37.Qh8+ Ke7 38.Qxg7+ and Black can resign)
37.Qxe6+ Kh8?? (37. ...Kf8 escapes, eventually)
I was...moderately happy with this outcome. I definitely should have won the last game, and probably could have drawn the second game with solid play. My play wasn't exactly ideal in the other two games, either. But overall I showed well, I think.
Oh, since I haven't put up my game against Palatnik on the blog, I'll do that now. It was a simultaneous game, so I don't read too much into it, but I was ecstatic to get the draw.
White: Semon Palatnik 2473
Black: Terry Drinkwater Unrated
E05 - Catalan Opening