Every time when I sit down at the chessboard, a war with several small struggles takes place: One against my opponent, another one against the clock, and the most important and difficult of all, the struggle against myself.
Chess is the most beautiful game, the creation of art, and more than anything, a never ending struggle that entirely fulfills my mind...
Last night we played the fourth game of our Match and after sacrificing the b2 pawn, white attacked the black king with everything but the kitchen sink.
Actually, at one point Jose had a draw by repetition by sacrificing a whole rook. I saw it and thought he would go for it, but under great time pressure he missed it, and after wrongly sacrificing his knight, black only had to find place for his king and then advance the a pawn, until white really had nothing else to do, but give up. The score is 3 to 1 in my favor, but with 8 more games to go, it's a nice advantage, but nothing decisive yet. I have white in the next one, game 5, but after that Jose will have 2 whites in a row, interesting...
The first game of our 2015 chess match was won by my friend Jose. He played strongly and correctly picked out his opening, a Benko gambit. I couldn't get used to the time control this time, (40/90; SD/30 plus 30 seconds increment for all moves) Anyways, no excuses. Ramirez won and deservedly starts the match as the leader after one game.
That's the good news for me, we have just started and have 11 more games to go, unless one of us gets 6.5 points. I am getting ready for our next encounter, meanwhile, Jose goes to sleep like a baby. Congratulations!
Our chess Match 2015 will start on February 23rd, Monday. This will be the 17th match in a row played between me and my friend Jose.
I will have the white pieces in game one.
The time control we'll use it's the same as in the National Open: 40 moves in 90 minutes, followed by Sudden Death in 30 minutes, with 30 seconds added for every move. This time we have decided to play a 12 games Match, which means that the first one to reach 6.5 points will be declared the Champion this year.
Since 2008 Jose has not been able to win a match between us. In 2010 we drew the match, and in 2011 we played a quadruple round robin chess match with Juan Pablo Jauregui included, which I also won by just 1/2 a point, but Jose did win our personal encounter by one point, although at the end I beat him in the last game to win the whole Round Robin Match.
I'm sure he's ready to fight and change the trend, but I'm also ready to keep the status quo and add another championship belt, so let's see what happens. The only sure thing is that it will be a great fight!!