I spent the weekend playing at the Gatwick E2 E4 chess congress scoring a pretty credible 3.5/5 . I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience – there were excellent playing conditions in a good hotel with friendly staff and good food. The tournament was superbly organised and this really is the standard that English chess should be aspiring to. It motivates me to play in many more of these events.
I will publish my games as time allows but I learnt some very valuable lessons about my strengths and weaknesses. In particular it showed the difficulty of maintaining sharp focus over a four hour game – let alone over five games across a whole weekend.