Knight Keystor

A record of my journey of chess improvement.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Still Room for Improvement

My latest G/30 game reinforces the decision to continue with tactical training. I did win it, but I missed several earlier and/or faster wins. Here is the game, with my comments below it:

Kknight (1856) - Chel (1861) [B21]
Rated game, 30m + 0s Main Playing Hall, 22.02.2007
1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 d6 5.Bc4 Nf6 6.e5 d5 7.Bb5+ Nfd7 8.Qxd5 e6 9.Qf3 a6 10.Bxd7+ Bxd7 11.Qg4 Nc6 12.Nf3 Nb4 13.0–0 Nd3 14.Bg5 f6 15.exf6 gxf6 16.Qh5+ Ke7 17.Be3 Qe8 18.Bc5+ Nxc5 19.Qxc5+ Kd8 20.Qb6+ Kc8 21.Rac1 Bc6 22.Nd4 Kd7 23.Rfd1 Ke7 24.Qc7+ Bd7 25.Nf5+ exf5 26.Re1+ Kf7 27.Rxe8 Kxe8 28.Re1+ Be7 29.Qd6 Chel resigns 1–0

I did evaluate 8.e6, but could not calculate the line to completion and so chose not to play it. Same with 17.Bxf6+ and then again with 18.Nd5+. I did not, however, even consider 23.Nxc6, although the line I played (starting with 23.Rfd1) is just as easily winning.


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