chess tactics

It was a first round in Monday’s tournament and my opponent was a young guy I played twice recently, blundering in the first game and drawing in the second. I excepted him to play Ruy Lopez again, but he played Evans gambit.  I went for a modern variation with Be7. Suddenly on move 7 he sacrificed a bishop. I didn’t remember seeing it in the book, but knew that I have to be careful.

On move 10 I expected him to play Nxd7+, but he chose Qf5+. Then computer expects him to play 12. Qxh5, it is still -3. After 12… d5 I was winning another piece, but I considered d5 only earlier. I tried to create some threats, when he defended I decided to exchange the queens. After 16… Qe4+ he resigned.

At home I tried to evaluate his sacrifice, he has some compensation, not full. Some shootouts, where White didn’t attack right away, but tried to use positionally the pawn majority in the center and the fact that Black king can’t castle ended up with a draw.




My opponent was a guy I played once, 4 years ago and had a draw. I had Black and we played Queen’s Pawn. I didn’t have a plan and couldn’t get any advantage until move 23, when I decided to play f6 and then e5. Objectively my position didn’t get better, e5 pawn didn’t look strong and after my 26… Rf5  I could get worse. But it created a dynamical position where it was easier to go wrong and he had less time. I didn’t like his 35. f3 and 36. fxe4, though computer says it was still OK.

Soon we were in the time trouble with him having 3.5 minutes vs. my 1.5. After my queen check I actually expected him to play 40. Qf3 as a natural move and saw that it is losing. Instead there was 40. Kh3 with a draw. As soon as he played it I played Rg1+. After he played Kf2 I automatically played Rf1+ and he resigned. Someone standing nearby noticed that it was a mate in 1 – 41… Qe1#.


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.

It was a first round in the Thursday’s club. Due to the changes in the rules I played in the middle section. I had Black and we played Giuoco Piano. My plan after the opening was defined by the exchange on e6.

25. Rd2 was a big mistake. I saw that it was lost for White after 27… Nxh3+, taking on f2 with check after Kg2 or Kh1 and leaving his queen without defense.

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