I read "Pandolfini's Chess Challenges: 111 Winning Endgames" this week. It's a typical puzzle book, except it's pocket-sized, and he writes some great analysis. As a result, my CTS rating went up 26 points to 1310. :)
News Flash: I drew a 1900 FIDE player as Black!
1. e4 d5 2. f3 dxe4 3. fxe4 e5 4. Nf3 Bc5 5. Bc4 Nf6 6. Nc3 a6 7. h3 0-0 8. g4 Nc6 9. d3 Na5 10. Bb3 Nxb3 11. axb3 c6 12. Qe2 Re8 13. Nd1 b5 14. Ne3 h6 15. g5 hxg5 16. Nxg5 Nh7 17. Nxh7 Qh4+ 18. Kd1 Qxh7 19. Qg2 Be7 20. Ng4 f6 21. Be3 Kf8 22. Kd2 Be6 23. Raf1 Bd6 24. d4 exd4 25. Bxd4 Bxg4 26. hxg4 Qg6 27.Rf5 Be5 28.Bxe5 Rad8+ 29.Kc1 Rxe5 30. Rxe5 fxe5 31.Qf2+ Ke7 32.Qc5+ Qd6 33.Qa7+ Rd7 34.Qxa6 Qd2+ 35.Kb1 Qg2 36.Re1 Qxg4 37.Qxc6 Rd1+ 38.Rxd1 Qxd1+ 39.Ka2 b4 40.Qc5+ Kf7 41.Qc4+ Kg6 42.c3 bxc3 43.bxc3 Kh5 44.Qf7+ g6 45.Qh7+ Kg5 46.Qe7+ Kf4 47.Qf7+ Kxe4 48.Qxg6+ Kf4 49.Qh6+ Kg4 50.Qe3 Kf5 51.b4 e4 52.Kb2 Qf3 1/2-1/2
This opening is an unusual line--the Scandinavian-Possum (1.e4 d5 2.f3). After 11.axb3 I have a clear advantage. I managed to control the a7-g1 diagonal, secure the bishop pair, and double White's pawns.
Unfortunately, I don't know enough about strategy to exploit these advantages. White builds up a strong attack, so I use tactics to trade down to an endgame. I lose a pawn, but pawn-down endings can often be drawn.
It's Queen vs Queen. I can't score a perpetual, but I aggressively push my remaining pawn. Fourteen moves later, he agrees to a draw!