The City Championship started off by the opponent making some strange moves(not gambits, not attacks, but reflexive pins would you believe it) making Nihal off balance and distracted from normal 100% Concentration, as he thought that this wizardry had some sort of cunning plan. Eventually Nihal gave into an easy win for the opponent and just wanted to put this distraction into the past as he did not enjoy this match that lacked any kind of basic plan.
Nihal 0 Tettenhall College 1
Nihal was now on a mission to refocus. Nihal started off with his standard fool's mate opening. Yeup you never know, if you can bring it off, try it and see. However the fool's mate didnt fruit into 4 moves, but it did allow Nihal to draw out the opponents Knights and Bishops into subliminal forks. The rest was downhill as Nihal was on a steamroller mission to break into the kingdom's defence. Pawn gambits followed by a CheckMate, easy peasy does it!
Nihal 1 Warstones 0
Having opened with a fool's mate in the last game, Nihal easily read into the next opponent's fool's mate opening. Nihal forked the opponent's Bishop and Queen, to make the fool's mate opener the ultimate fool. With the Queen lost, the opponent's Knights followed into tragedy. Nihal then deployed his Queen into a check, forcing the the King out into a futile position, to allow Nihal to sneak his Rook from behind.Checkmate.
Nihal 1 Tettenhall College 0
This was a disastrous start for Nihal as the opponent was too strong with his strategic moves. So Strategic that the opponent was thinking ahead several moves at a time. The opponent took Nihal's defence down pawn by pawn, Knight by Knight and Bishop by Bishop and 1 Rook until. What? He lost his Queen due to a silly move allowing Nihal to take it with his rook. Now Nihal, took the opponent's Bishop by Bishop, Knightby Knight and 1 Rook, Nihal doing a reflective symmetry on the opponents opening game in his own Middle Game.
Time began to run out and then it did run out. Nihal drew with this phenomenal player. And boy did Nihal learn quick to respond with the mirror image of the game desrvedly.
Nihal D Tettenhall College D
Nihal won this game automatically. No more needs to be said.
Nihal 1 Lanesfield 0
And finally the friendly game
Nihal Under 9 vs Oppenent Under 11
Nihal won, by simple pawn gambits followed with a simple Queen/Rook checkmate.
All in all a great day for Nihal, as he got the highest position from his School, and won Bronze in the City Under 9 Championships, followed by a win over someone 2 years more experienced than him. Well done Nihal, in your first ever Under 9 City Chess Championship,