These games were played in two different clubs, both with lower rated opponents. It was an attempt to refresh my opening repertoire.

Game 1 – it was a second round in Mondays club, my opponent was a young man rated 1527.  It was an equal position after the opening, then his 14… Nh5 was a mistake and I got an advantage after f4. Then again 18… f6 wasn’t the best move, f5 was better.

I continued to attack the f6 pawn and under the pressure he played f5. I spent quite some time on my next 2 moves – 23. Ne7 and 24. Qg5. Computer thinks that Black would be OK after 26… Rxf2+ instead of exd3, which was a crucial mistake.

I saw mate in 5 if after 27. Rxf8+ he takes with a rook and he played exactly that, 27… Nxf8 loses as well after 28. Nf7+ Kg8 29. Nh6+ Kg7 30. Rf7+ Kh8 31. Qf6#.

Game 2 –  it was a first round in Thursdays club, I got a young man rated 1172. I missed playing f5 on move 14. On move 20 I decided to play Nxd5, which I considered earlier, now I could get 3 pawns for a knight. Interesting that computer thinks I shouldn’t have taken the third pawn and wants to leave the bishop on the main diagonal. After he took on a6 with the queen I was able to play d5 and d6. He miscalculated when played 26… Nc4 and the rest of the game was a matter of technique.