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Rapid Time #11: Putting Principles to the Test

I enjoyed this game since I was put into a new position by move 2. It’s not uncommon for people online to play specific systems that they’re comfortable with and not many people know. The opening below is completely playable but not played very often, it transposes to something like a Semi-Slav where Black looks to play and solidify d5.

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Although not familiar with this opening, the principles of opening development are enough to make it through anything unfamiliar. I simply exchange the wing pawns since that’s my typical play in every Slav or Semi Slave structure, get the Knights to c3 and f3 to influence the center, look for good squares for the Bishops (there is a pin option on a good diagonal) and put my Rook on the open c file to pressure a piece with few defenders.

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Every piece is serving some purpose in the opening, the last two pieces (The King’s Rook and Queen) have yet to be determined where they would be best. From this point on it becomes about developing a plan, there is pressure on the c6 Knight and one of the defenders of it is pinned to a Rook. The Knight attack was the start point for my middle game plan, which slowly compounded until it ended up being able to cause enough problems Black missed the proper defense and everything began to fall apart.

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Rapid Time #10: The “New” Best Game I Ever Played

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.

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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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