This was a game in the QGA where Black played 3…Nc3 too early and blocked the c5 pawn from the typical break, Black also traded the dark squared Bishop for the Knight on c3 allowing me to place my dark Bishop on a3 and prevent castling. Forcing Black to castle Queen meant prep work and being under developed and under attack, there was no way Black could properly defend, develop and initiate any kind of attack. The advantage of two Bishops is clear in the middle game, they controlled the majority of the Blacks pieces until I was able to win an exchange taking Blacks rook for Bishop. The remaining Bishop was a constant threat from a distance to the Black King and eventually was the piece that gave Mate.
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This game was against a 1698 over the course of two days, the critical point of it comes from the middle game where the two Bishops lined up x-ray attacks and defender removal tactics which require a few moves of depth to see. Black makes a reasonable move and castles however doing so removes the 2nd defender of the Knight and also puts the Knight into a pin with the Rook. The position below is where Black castles and allows for tactics to happen, either Black loses a pieces or the exchange. After the exchange was lost I played sensible and solid moves to retain the +2 advantage till the end game where the passed b pawn was threatening to promote. Blacks Knight couldn’t maneuver quick enough against the pawn and Rook to stop it and Black resigned upon realizing this.
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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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