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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