Really liked this one. Although it was a quickie it was almost entirely pattern recognition. From knowing e3 was bad, to knowing cxd4 weakened the diagonal to knowing …d5 was probably right to the final trick which I demonstrate in the post-mortem. So almost the whole game required nothing but some wiring in the brain […]
I am white in a Reti-Slav while I tell the semi uninteresting story of my night playing in the Icelandic Team Blitz championship earlier in the night. Meanwhile our 50 year old German FM opponent builds up a huge time-edge!
My opponent falls into a very common and useful trap in the London System. I remember Kamsky having a similar game. In blitz this is even more dangerous because white can always gain time by repeating moves making it almost unplayable in a 3-minute game for black!
An interesting well played middlegame where I feel like with the white pieces I play a good Catalan-ish middlegame quite well and obtain a winning position. Then the question is, can I survive the time-trouble phase??
Another game in the 3-minute pool. This one was a London System and later in the game we see a nice positional idea more gnerally reached in a variation of the Slav Defence.
A very weird opening choice by white but why soon find ourselves in a French Exchange structure.
My first game in the 3-minute pool on ICC for a good while. I had a rather high rating and hadn’t played for a while. In my opinion there has been a deflation in the pool so keeping the rating will be super-tough. In this game we have a French Tarrasch variation with early mistake […]
An English Opening where black inflicts early doubled pawns on white. I think objectively a very good variation for black but white is still solid enough for a blitz game.
Seeing my opponents username, I was force to try out an interesting attacking line against the French!
One more London System and this time against a strong Ukrainian Grandmaster, Vovkcoach. Vovk plays a solid setup and plays an interesting idea with …Bh6/…Nd5 intending to post a knight on f4
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