Last Sunday, in prep for my move to Japan, I spent some good time packing away stuff, archiving personal items and deciding what bits to keep and what to discard. In the process I also rediscovered a number of long forgotten, but still memorable belongings - like my old cassette tapes. Cassette tapes!
But of even older vintage were a couple of my old records. Yep, it turns out that I actually own records. Among a pile of New in Chess magazines, I stumbled across Jimmi Hendrix's "Crosstown Traffic" and Nina Simone's "Little Girl Blue". Good stuff, actually.
And then there were my scoresheets, in the hundreds. They brought back memories. Like this first ever game that I played in a tournament.
1996 NSWCA Queen's B-day we
The Closet Grandmaster
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. e4 Nxc3 6. bxc3 Bg7 7. Nf3 c5 8. Be2 Nc6 9. Be3 O-O 10. O-O Bg4 11. d5 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Bxe2 13. Qxe2 Bxe5 14. Rac1 Qa5 15. c4 Rac8 16. f4 Bg7 17. f5 Qc7 18. Bf4 Be5 19. Bxe5 Qxe5 20. Rf3 Rfd8 21. Rcf1 b5 22. fxg6 fxg6 23. Rf7 Qd4+ 24. Kh1 Rf8 25. Qf3 Rfe8 26. Qh3 Qh8 27. Qe6 1-0
That one was played back in the days when tournament chess in Sydney used to be held right near the CBD. The venue then was in front of St Mary's Cathedral, what is today the Cook and Phillip Park. I miss those days.