I want to start this with an apology to those in the 20minute rapid pool on chess.com. I generally don’t play longer controls online because of the possibility of cheating so my rating is very low compared to my usual modes. In efforts to equalize my rating across all time controls I’ve been jumping in the rapid game pool the last couple days. Playing against someone 4 or 500 points above your own level can be frustrating but insightful experience.
The two games I wanted to share today I played Black and both started in the Indian defense but transposed to different openings. The two critical position in each game are in the positions below. The analysis will have the full variation.
This game should have been a 20 minute rapid game but ended up being more of a Blitz game, instead of the allotted 20 minutes it was over in about 6 and a half minutes. Many of the moves were straight forward after an early tactical opportunity where I was able to win a pawn and threaten the White Queen and a Knight fork simultaneously. It wasn’t an easy defense and White missed the most accurate move to stop a total collapse of the position. This is position is also a good example of clearing the c file with the c5 push and putting a Rook on the open file before White has time to react, this is common in both the Caro-Khann and Indian defenses I play. The opponent was a 1579 which is one of the highest rapid wins I have to date.