Monday, August 21, 2006

Games, 8/21/06

Win: Berke(1419)-likesforests(1452P)

1. e4 d5 2. d4 dxe4 3. d5 Nf6 4. f3 Qxd5 5. Qxd5 Nxd5 6. fxe4 Nf6 7. Nc3 e5 8. Nf3 Nc6 9. Bg5 Be7 10. O-O-O b6 11. Nb5 Bd6 12. Bxf6 gxf6 13. Nxd6+ cxd6 14. Rxd6 Bb7 15. Bb5 Rc8 16. Rxf6 Ke7 17. Rf5 f6 18. Rf1 Rhd8 19. Nh4 Nd4 20. Rxf6 Nxb5

This is a silly win. White didn't realize he had a winning position.

I handled the opening well. He sacrificed a pawn for attacking chances, so I swapped queens and played slow.

I rushed and missed two simple tactics: 10...b6 could have allowed White to pin my knight and win my e-pawn. 11...Bd6 was also an error, losing my f-pawn after a removal of the guard. I also missed a game-winner: 20...Rxc2 followed by 21...Bxe4.

I need to find a balance in my playing speed. I should take 20 seconds to contemplate every move. 15+10 easily allows for that.

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