Two Wins and an Advance

My chess week has gotten off to a pretty good start. Yesterday I won two of my ongoing correspondence chess (cc) games, and today’s news includes my advance to the semi-final round of a rather large club thematic cc tourney in which I’ve been playing.

The Ruy Lopez thematic tourney started with 505 players in May and, with all first round matches completed, 88 of us remain for the semi-finals. I was in my mid-twenties when I started studying the Ruy and tried to play it regularly for a number of years. Though it’s been a long time since I’ve used it very much, I’m still comfortable with it on both sides of the board. If pace of play continues throughout these later rounds as it has been so far, and it probably will, the semi-finals should wrap up late Spring or early Summer of 2017, and the finals should conclude sometime during the Winter of 2017-18.
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