#5 - Road to 2400: - First steps at the Cote d'Azur
My flight landed on the Cote d'Azur on Friday afternoon, and on Saturday, I traveled to the city of Marseille to introduce myself in the NAT1 French team championship, where I strengthened the team of Nice.
Unfortunately, on Saturday, we suffered a defeat against the Marseille team. In an extremely exciting game, I unfortunately lost to my young and talented French IM opponent.. Let's take a look at the game!
However, on Sunday, we managed to improve our performance by securing a valuable draw against the championship-contending team from Agen. This might be attributed to the team-building disguised as Saturday night drinks :) In the second round, I contributed half a point to the team's success, which was somewhat bittersweet. I dominated the game against my English IM opponent throughout, but unfortunately, I let the advantage slip in time trouble. Of course, I analyzed this game as well!
I am not satisfied with my results, as the games suggested there was much more in these two matches. Nevertheless, I believe that with a bit more play, better results will come.
The conditions provided were exceptional, as was the team unity. Despite not having the highest reputation, I was completely won over by the vibe of the city of Marseille. I would love to return here!
I will soon be back in France, and in the early next year, I plan to explore more countries. :)