Square One

Date: Feb 28, 2021

I played two bullets (2+1), two rapids (10+0) and 20 puzzles. The 20 puzzles exceeds my set limits, so that’s an overshoot but the games went fine. Overall, I seem to be getting into the 10 minute game mode. Below is my analysis of the two rapid games.

Game 1

The game started off as a French Defense but my opponent went 2. Qf3 which threw us off course. I’m afraid I didn’t punish that move as well I’d have liked. Nevertheless, the game quickly opened up and it was down to a two rook endgame. My opponent was up a pawn and had a 3 on 2 queenside majority, but they let me infiltrate on the second rank. After that, I took all the pawns and tried to win the rook but it didn’t work. So switched flanks and ladder mated them so that the rook was blocked by the king.

[White "kndlo"]
[Black "adch99"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e6 2. Qf3 d5 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Nxd7 5. exd5 e5 6. d3 Ngf6 7. d6 Bxd6 8. Qxb7 O-O 9. Nf3 Re8 10. Ng5 e4 11. d4 e3 12. Bxe3 Bf4 13. Qf3 Bxg5 14. O-O Bxe3 15. fxe3 Rb8 16. b3 c5 17. d5 Nb6 18. Nc3 Nbxd5 19. Nxd5 Nxd5 20. Rad1 Rxe3 21. Qxd5 Qxd5 22. Rxd5 Re2 23. c4 Rxa2 24. Rxc5 g6 25. Rb1 Re8 26. g3 Ree2 27. Rc8+ Kg7 28. Kf1 Rxh2 29. Kg1 Rag2+ 30. Kf1 Rxg3 31. Rd8 Rh1+ 32. Kf2 Rhh3 33. Rg1 Rxb3 34. c5 Rh2+ 35. Rg2 Rhh3 36. c6 Rhc3 37. Rc8 Rb2+ 38. Kf1 Rc1# 0-1

Game 2

The game was a Vienna gambit. My opponent played d5 which is the main line but then they didn’t know the theory after that so it went off-course from there. By the middlegame, I had a comfortable position, pretty good pawn structure and full control of the centre. But then I saw ghosts and blundered a tactic. Nxd4 should have left me up and piece but for some reason I thought cxd4 would lose me a rook. My opponent took full advantage and I was down a bishop. Then I was a bit rattled and later I gave away a rook for free. Some moves later my opponent decided to counter-blunder and gave away their queen for no reason. So there was a fighting endgame but they managed to trap my king and checkmate me. I guess it finally came down to the two blunders.

[White "adch99"]
[Black "SovietSpirit"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. f4 d5 4. fxe5 d4 5. exf6 dxc3 6. bxc3 Qxf6 7. Nf3 Bc5 8. d4 Bb6 9. Bc4 Be6 10. Bb3 Bxb3 11. cxb3 Nc6 12. O-O Nxd4 13. Bg5 Nxf3+ 14. Kh1 Qxg5 15. Qxf3 O-O-O 16. a4 f6 17. b4 Rhe8 18. a5 Be3 19. a6 bxa6 20. Rxa6 Rd7 21. Rxa7 Bxa7 22. Qh3 Rd8 23. Rd1 Qc1 24. Rxc1 g5 25. g3 h6 26. Kg2 f5 27. Qxf5 Kb7 28. Ra1 Rd2+ 29. Kh3 Be3 30. Qb5+ Kc8 31. Qf5+ Kb7 32. Ra5 h5 33. Qb5+ Bb6 34. Ra1 g4+ 35. Kh4 c6 36. Qa6+ Kc7 37. Kxh5 Rg8 38. c4 Rxh2# 0-1

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