Correspondence #1: Man Vs Machine

I picked up playing some correspondence games lately, it allows you to play as many games as you want with the stipulation of at least one move a day. This means you can get into some serious calculations and really train for accuracy and depth.  The most recent game was against the highest player I’ve played and beat on record, needless to say he was not happy about it. I was accused of cheating but upon inspection of the the game afterwards we’ll be able to see some of the obvious moves and mistakes my opponent made. He had the audacity to accuse me when he made a mistake in the opening which forced him to lose a piece, it wasn’t even out of theory that I’ve played many times before, Re1 and push the pawn.

A big difference between me and the people I play on correspondence is the investment of time I place in it, when a position leaves the opening book it’s not uncommon for me to mull over a complicated position throughout the course of the day and make the move when I finally get home. Many people make moves with in a few minutes or so and wonder why the position they get isn’t optimal and why I seem to have the answer to the position. In the game I’ll look at today I spent at least 2 hours alone on the critical move of the game and the subsequent lines where I decided to sacrifice my Knight for an attacking sequence on the King.

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Blitz Adventures #30: Killing Them Softly

I played a 10-0 game tonight that does a good job exemplifying my ideal play style, it’s complicated and slow with many moving parts. In the position below, every minor piece is active and attacking or defending, it’s like walking on egg shells. If either person slips the entire structure starts to collapse and me being more comfortable in these kinds of spots, I tend to do pretty well. My opponent was aggressive but it was misplaced and rushed which left pieces hanging and weaknesses unguarded.

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Tournament Game #1:Swashbuckling

This is my first win at my first over the board tournament, it was surprisingly more exciting than I thought it would be (the game that is). Usually I play closed, grindy, positional games but in this one I traded a Knight and Rook for the White Queen which left Whites pawn structure a mess and every piece tied to each other or to stopping a mating threat. The game was even until move 18 when I played the suspect Nb4 offering it to be taken by a pawn to only to reveal an attack on the White Queen with the Rook. Point value, I was only up a pawn’s worth but my pieces and especially my Queen were very active. There was the safer Nxd4 to be played and win a pawn, I talk about that in the analysis but this was much sharper and more fun especially on my first night there.

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