Running up the ladder
Yesterday I played with an expert and won. It was a 16 year old boy.
I thought he is rated 1900+ until I came home and found out that after the last big tournament
he got 2001 rating. After I learned about my opponent I got nervous, first because I thought it’s the guy to whom I lost a year ago in Sicilian, Moscow variation.
He effectively finished me off, first with a pawn, then with queen sacrifice.
It wasn’t him (it was his brother), nevertheless I was still nervous since there was that feeling that my lucky streak (+1,=2) should somehow end.
OK, so I am White, Sicilian, my favorite Rossolimo –  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.
Here is the game. I decided to counter his f5/f4 with d4 and got a pretty good position.
Recent reading of an excellent “Predator on the Chessboard” book on http://www.chesstactics.org
affected my play in this game. As soon as he played Ba6 I told to myself – this piece is loose.
I could actually win a pawn right away, didn’t see it. Later I also noticed that his back-rank is weak, Ne5 is threatening with dangerous Nf7+, etc. So, these tactical motives were kind
of on the backgound. I still missed a few chances to win a pawn related to Qb3+.
Anyway, his 27. … Nc1 was a mistake and 29. Ra3 finally used that looseness of Ba6, giving me advantage. I missed winning a piece after 30…. Ne2+ 31. Kf1. Trying to counter-attack he didn’t play good moves, his position deteriorated, then he blundered under pressure.
He resigned after double-check 36. Ng6++, it was a mate in 2 – 37. Qh8+ Kf7 38. Ne5#.
So, I got revenge an mafia style, good.
I am going to update my DB of missed tactics with few “gems” from this game and
definitely will return to that tactics.org site. This is definitely the way to go.

Yesterday I played with an expert and won. It was a 16 year old boy.  I thought he is rated 1900+ until I came home and found out that after the last big tournament he got 2001 rating. After I read the pairings I got nervous,  because I thought it’s the 1900+ guy to whom I lost a year ago in Sicilian, Moscow variation. He finished me off  with a queen sacrifice.  It wasn’t him (it was his brother),  nevertheless I was still nervous since there was that feeling that my lucky streak (+1,=2) will somehow end.

OK, so I am White, Sicilian, my favorite Rossolimo –  1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5.  Here is the game. I decided to counter his f5/f4 with d4 and got a pretty good position. Recent reading of an excellent “Predator on the Chessboard” book on chesstactics.org site affected my play in this game. As soon as he played Ba6 I told to myself – this piece is loose. I could actually win a pawn right away, didn’t see it. Later I also noticed that his back-rank is weak, Ne5 is threatening with dangerous Nf7+, etc. So, these tactical motifs were kind of on the background of my mind all the time, not just appearing at some moment. I still missed a few chances related to Qb3+ to win a pawn .  Anyway, his 27. … Nc1 was a mistake and 29. Ra3  (Fritz’s choice)  finally used that looseness of Ba6, giving me an advantage.  He thought for about 15 minutes,  it erased his advantage in time,  still couldn’t find a good answer, not that there was one.  My nervousness at this moment disappeared,  I realized that I can win. I took on e5 with the knight, thinking that I don’t want to play the endgame.  Fritz would prefer to win an “a” pawn,  but again I wanted to use my chances in the middlegame,  having a bit more than 30 minutes left.

I missed winning a piece after 30…. Ne2+ 31. Kf1. Trying to counter-attack he didn’t play good moves, his position deteriorated, and he blundered under pressure.  He resigned after double-check 36. Ng6++, it was a mate in 2 – 37. Qh8+ Kf7 38. Ne5#.

So, I got my revenge in mafia style, good.

I am going to update my DB of missed tactics with a few “gems” from this game and will return to that chesstactics.org site. This is definitely the way to go.

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