The blog about my quest towards chess improvement and ultimately a blitz (15 + 0) rating of 2000 on PlayChess.de has begun! Be sure to check the About Me page for more detailed information concerning myself, including what software I am using to study.
We’ll begin this blog with a perfect example of why I am on this quest. Today’s game of the day was played against RaduSabin (1270) and perfectly demonstrates why I need to improve my game.
RaduSabin – Copeland
1. e4 c5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nh3 Nxe4 4. Ng5 e6
Are you following so far? RaduSabin, in a blind rage to put my king in check, moves his knight to g5. Unfortunately, the only thing I’m paying attention to is the checkmate possibility 5.Bf7# and I miss the fact that he has hung his knight! I make a blunder of my own with 4…e6? >.<!
Oblivious to this, I only discovered it after doing a quick overview of the game. I felt like slamming my head into a brick wall. Regardless, we continued on with development as he blundered again sacrificing his knight for my pawn instead of just Nxe4.
5.Nxf7 Kxf7 6. Qh5+ g6 7. Qf3+ Nf6 8. d3 Bg7 9. Bg5 d5 10. Bb3 Nc6 11. a3 Nd4
I finally begin bringing my tactical weapons into battle.
If you are following this game, you can watch how RaduSabin begins to fall apart.
12. Qd1 h6 13. Bh4 Rf8 14. c3 Nxb3 15. Qxb3 Kg8 16. c4 g5 17. Bg3 Nh5 18. cxd5 Nxg3 19. hxg3 exd5 20. Qxd5+??
So committed to putting me in check, RaduSabin hangs his own queen! I might have missed his knight blunder, but I would have questioned my integrity to have missed this.
20…Qxd5 21. O-O Bxb2 0-1
Suffice to say, the game didn’t last very long after that blunder. After one move and an inevitable rook capture, RaduSabin resigns. This game could have ended a lot sooner had I noticed he had hung his knight, but because of my error I could easily have lost this game with 5.Nxe4.
I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I will writing it. I’ve got a long way to go!