I participated in Berlin M-klasse tournament. At first I wasn’t accepted since I didn’t qualify but after explaining my low German rating (for some weird reason they have calculated me a German rating from the results of a tournament played in 2008) they ended up accepting me in. What I didn’t realize was that it wasn’t simply a tournament one can join just like that since most of the players in the M-group qualified for the tournament from some other tournament. I was ranked 8./18 and after a dubious run of games ended up finishing 8th as well.
Round 1: Felix Nötzel 2091 (0) 0-1 Rauno Järvinen 2182 (0)
I was under some pressure in a Scandinavian game but after the dust settled I had a slightly better pawn position. In the end I managed to take control of e-line with my rook after some simple tactics the game was over. During the game I thought I was slightly better throughout the game but computer disagreed with me.
Round 2: Rauno Järvinen 2182 (1) 0-1 IM René Stern 2502 (1)
Failing in opening preparations made me go into very unknown waters and not surprisingly I was in deep troubles very quickly. The game was sadly over before it had began.
Round 3: Fabian Jahnz 2245 (1½) ½-½ Rauno Järvinen 2182 (1)
One of the weirdest games I’ve ever played. I plundered in the opening again and decided to sacrifice a pawn for some attack. In the end this attack never resulted in anything except for both of us using most of our game time. After some pieces were exchanged I was still down the pawn and Fabian was ready to begin his attack. I found a decent combination in my time troubles and ended up getting the pawn back and going into a favorable Knight endgame. After a weird knight move made on his last second I made a massive mistake exchanging the knights even though any other move would’ve probably won the game for me. The result would’ve been Fabian’s victory but he let my king approach his last pawns and the resulted queen end game seems to be a draw. Not the best game for either of us..
Round 4: Rauno Järvinen 2182 (1½) 0-1 Ingo Stark 2184 (1)
Another extremely badly played opening with white. The game following was me trying to pick even a half a point from the remains of my position but it didn’t quite work out. A rather depressing result as this meant me having 1.5/5 which was far from the original goals.
Round 5: Martin Gebigke 2180 (1½) 0-1 Rauno Järvinen 2182 (1½)
After a mistake and a pawn sacrifice in the opening I tried to form some kind of an attack that didn’t really result in anything. Martin used a lot of time and in the end I won the game on time on move 38 where after 40 moves he’d received 30 minutes extra time. It was especially embarrassing since we also got 30 seconds per every move – he made his move on the very last second. To my defense I have to point out that according to the computer I was already in a winning position after some mistakes made by both sides.
Round 6: Rauno Järvinen 2182 (2½) 1-0 Aron Moritz 2104 (2½)
A first game where I felt I was in control from the beginning. Aron mixed ideas from 2 different defenses against the English opening and I used this time to get control over the board. The resulting attack on the king side seemed to halt at one point but I managed to find a sacrifice needed to blow out the whole position in my favor.
Round 7: GM Sergey Kalinitschew 2430 (4½) 1-0 Rauno Järvinen 2182 (3½)
Rauno Järvinen - Aron Moritz
The final round paired me up with grandmaster Kalinitschew. I decided to go all-in in the opening which probably was the right choice. There were some chances in my attacks but they dried out pretty easily as Sergey defended with superior experience.
The end result 3.5/7 was still off my target but at least my rating went up by around 10 points. Hopefully I’m able to play the same tournament next year with better results. The openings I played this time were horrifying and it gave me some motivation (once again) to work on them. Hopefully this time I manage to use some time on this. Fernando Offermann from SF Berlin ended up with 3.5 points after a great start.
More photos and information can be found from the unofficial tournament site