In this game, I made a simple mistake in the opening, found myself defending some intense pressure on the Queenside, defended and then turned the tables, only to miss a win in the endgame.
I am playing in the February 2021 Gramdmasters Institute tournament. My first round opponent was IM Arjun. I missed a chance to gain an edge with my 12th move. Here you go!
I play often on the FIDE Arena. The players there are stronger. This is one example.
One of my current focuses is building a bulletproof opening repertoire that fits my playing style. As a player who likes to play 1.e4, there are so many openings I need to know something about. This game was interesting.
These are two games played in the IECC Grunfeld Thematic. I have been exploring playing this opening as Black. I’ve used it in some 15 minute games and done quite well. In this 2 game match I went 1.5-0.5, with the win coming with the White pieces.
This game was a quiet draw. I don’t usually play the main line Sicilian opening at all. I tend to use an offbeat anti-Sicilian when playing against the Sicilian. This type of game exemplifies why. Black has too much theory backing him up and can simply play it safe.
This hard fought win brought me into the #2 spot on the IECC Pyramid. A draw was offered by white around move 28. I declined that offer and decided to play for a win. I was able to squeeze my opponent by using my two bishops and leveraging a passed h-pawn.
This game took place via email. It is the 3rd time I’ve played this same opponent. He is an amazingly nice guy and plays a decent game, but I came out on top for the 3rd time.
The 2016 US Championship is being held in St. Louis, Missouri. It has attracted a strong field.