chess strategy

It was a first round of a new tournament. My opponent was a man rated 1473, he played French Defense. After exchange on c6 I started to feel good about this game.

After his 11… f5 I thought right away that it created a weakness on e6. I laid siege to it, then played c4 and soon d5. He made a big mistake by playing 25… Rfe7 instead of g6. Then I missed 35. Bh5 and played much weaker Bc2. Anyway his reply 35… Qe7 was a decisive mistake.

The situation was somewhat complicated by the fact that I had a minute and a half  and he had a minute left. I managed to stay cool, all I had to see was a threat on the a8-h1 diagonal.


I played on Thursday, it was a first game in two months, fifth round. My opponent was a 1475 rated man, I played him recently and won. I had White and he chose French, so we got Tarrasch, closed variation.

22. Ng5 was a provocative move, he took on f8 with a queen and it was a mistake. It allowed me to play Rf1 and then Nf7. I started to consider sacrifice on h6 and actually could play 26. Nxh6+, but I didn’t see the intermediate bishop check on f7 after 26. Nxh6+ gxh6 27. Bxe8 Rxd2 and thought that I would give up 2 pieces for the rook.

27. Bxh6 was intuitive, I couldn’t see all the variations, but was sure that it wins. Then I saw the mating idea with my queen being placed on “h” vertical. He didn’t see the mate coming and played until saw it on the board.

It was a last round and my opponent was a new, Russian-speaking guy, unrated, but his rating after the tournament should be about 2000. He replied to my Semi-Slav by 4. g3 and it was a line I didn’t know well.

His 12. Ng5 looked like a premature attack. The idea of getting my bishop to f7 was to play e5 of course, but I didn’t play it, having second thoughts about possible weakness of the pawn on e5. His 31. d5 looked strong to me and I spent a lot of time considering my replies and lost my half an hour advantage, but computer says it was equal.

After his 37. Rd3 I got worried about Re3 and possible attacks on 7th horizontal and got an idea about perpetual, it explains the title. So I played 37… Qe1+ which was a mistake and then played 38… Re8, which was a fatal mistake. The problem was I didn’t see move Rf3, completely defeating my idea. I could play instead 37… Rc8 perfectly holding the position.

So after a few moves it became clear that the game is lost and after I found myself in a hopeless rook endgame I resigned.

My opponent was a young man and I got White. He played French and our Tarrasch transformed into Rubinstein variation. I got advantage after his 9… Nb6 and started to develop an attack on the queenside. Computer prefers Rc3 on move 17 or 18.

Then I missed 21. Rxc7. I saw it, but didn’t realize that after 21… Kxc7 22. Qa7 Black king has nowhere to go. His exchange sacrifice was a mistake, it allowed the same rook sacrifice on c7. I again missed it and decided that queens exchange will be OK for me.

He started an active counter-play, but his 36… Bb6 was a mistake. His next move was a game-losing mistake and he resigned.

My opponent was a boy and I got Black. He deviated from the main line of Ruy Lopez and I missed a tempo to play c5. He made some demonstration on the kingside, but missed Ng4+.

I underestimated his “h” pawn movement, had to play h5 to stop it or g5 after h5. I missed that he could play Ng5 after exchange on g6. I realized that I got into a trouble, saw him taking on e6, then Bb3, then exchange sacrifice on h6, but thought that after Qg4 my g6 pawn will be defended.

So I hurried to play Rf8 instead of Re7 leading to an equal position after Rxh6 . After 32… Rf8 33. Rxh6 my position became indefensible and I resigned after 10 moves.

My opponent was an old guy, our score in the past was =1, -2. I got Black and played Semi-Slav. I didn’t quite like his 6. b3 though he would be OK after 6… Bb4 7. Bd2, but he played Bb2. I saw of course Qa5, but didn’t realize I could win a pawn after 8… Qa5 9. Rc1 Qxa2. Then I missed another opportunity by playing pre-move 10… Nxc3 instead of Ng4 winning “f” pawn. I saw Ng4 before playing Ndf6, but thought that he had Bg2 and O-O and after a3 forgot about it.

After 26. Bxd5 I spent quite some time, because I wanted of course to play exd5, but thought that he will occupy “e” line, so played cxd5 which I knew was worse. Actually I could play exd5, because he has to lose a tempo to play 27. f4, otherwise if 27. Rde1 I play 27.. f4 and if Re7 then Qh3 with advantage.

On move 32 I considered putting my rook on g3 with a purpose of sacrificing on g3, but didn’t see a forced win or even draw, so decided to play h5. Computer thinks that 36. Rg5 was better than Qg5 and was equal.

Then he suddenly blundered playing 39. Rg5. He had 45 minutes vs. my 25 and the only reason for the blunder, I think, was feeling under pressure. Though computer evaluates the position as equal after 39. Kf1, I would prefer to play Black here. Then after 40. Qxd4 he played Qc3.  I saw the check before that and certainly it looked very bad for him. After 42 … Rh3+ it was a mate in 2 and he resigned.

My opponent was a boy and I got White. He chose French, after his 9… Qe7 I felt that I will be better after the opening. Computer thinks that I was winning after breakthrough 12. f5, I considered it, but didn’t see anything forced.

23. Bc1 was a waiting move, I thought that I can’t get advantage on the queenside anymore. I got better after exchange on g3 and then decided to play Ba3 and occupy the “f” vertical. Computer considers 30… Qh5 a mistake and prefers Qc2.

When he played 36… Be8 I didn’t like moving my queen back, then suddenly realized that discovered check will be winning here.  37… Bxf7 was losing a bishop, but his 37… Rd7 lost a rook and he resigned.

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