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Club K.O. Tournament - Me vs. an Expert! 1.b3!!

Today I played my first expert+/"almost Master" level player, very very strong and he's our top teams' board 1 player and wipes the floor with everyone in our club... that didn't put me off one bit though Wink

My opponent doesn't have an official grade yet as he is fresh out of Russian chess school, (well he is Russian and plays high-level chess so just guessing here!) in his first season as a UK chess player and is easily around ~200 ECF (~2250 FIDE equ.) (and he scored 3/5 in Kidlington 2013 u225's section!) but I went in there and played MY game, took him completely out of his preparation (he admitted he had prepared against 1.d4 as he was told that's what I play! Laughing (and I do too.)) and I actually dominated the best part of the game. Despite losing I definitely did myself justice here Cool

But look at the rating difference! - I just wanted to last 40 moves, I said I would and I did easily... even though I lost, this is one of my best games of chess ever without a doubt - I was simply outplayed. To make it even better, at the end when he shook my hand he said it was the toughest victory he's had all season and I'm the lowest-graded player by a mile who he has played and that meant a lot Smile

Kudos to my opponent, we both gave eachother an epic battle!!

 

 

So I resigned gracefully knowing he had over 2 minutes compared to my 60 seconds and I knew I'd be outblitzed so saved us both effort and resigned, knowing I had been beaten by a true expert player.

What an experience to play a rated game like this and (in my view anyway) perform at my best, epic! Cool

Comments


  • 20 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks for the comment! Only marginally behind an expert - I think I have a few years to go yet before I reach the milestone of 170 ECF (2000+ FIDE equ. and expert level) but I thank your praise of my play it's boosting my confidence even more and helping to get rid of any doubts in the back of my mind that I can't ever make it as a pro player! Cool

    As to the link you have sent, well I've just got in it's gone 5am it's been a heavy night out - gotta balance the hard work with some hardcore fun Wink so I will check the link and read it thoroughly tomorrow after some kip and give you some feedback Smile

  • 20 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

  • 20 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    The endgame is very interesting here, on move 42 Ne4 he allows you back quite a bit of initiative. If you exchange with BxE4 He is basically swapping his pwerful knight for your Bishop which although on the long diagonal is not doing anything with this board structure, of course if you had time to use the Bishop to block the queenside by moving to b5 that is a different story. If you take the knight with your Bishop and allow the pawn to be taken you suddenly get some really good counterplay with doubling up your rooks on the G file. I think this is a better route to take and offers you threats that he must suddenly have to respond to. This is something I always try to be very aware of, we had an IM giving one of our guys tuition and it has always stuck with me, always try to make your opponent respond to your threats, yes he might eventually or even immediately get the pawn on e4, but your rooks suddenly become a right pain and a lot more active, his rooks aren't doubled up on the seventh (2nd) rank so I think you just have enough time. Set up the position on the board either with or without a computer and you will see how you suddenly have more power in the position, I think you are still marginally behind but you have much better play. Again that is testament to how well you played, because even at this stage you are only marginally behind an expert.

  • 20 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks for the positive comment despite me losing the game lol, but I knew I'd probably (definitely!) be losing this game anyway but the thought of the outcome never deters me from a game... infact I relish the challenge of giving higher-rated players a run for their money - I learn more playing stronger players, therefore I hope to continue improving at the current rate!

    Also I find playing stronger players that the battle is much more tense, there's a real battle of wits going on, lots of time used on both clocks, lots of tension etc, it all makes for a more enjoyable encounter otb Cool

    Please play 1.b3 in your game - you might just surprize yourself... I've had past critics of 1.b3 now take up the opening as part of their repertoire thanks to seeing me win so many games with it, and seeing that it is an exciting opening to play, and VERY playable, just like the king's gambit is, as long as you're rated under 2750 which 99.99% of the chess playing population are! Laughing

    I'm all for trying something new or playing a niche opening, I hate following mainstream stuff it's boring, and I like my chess to be exciting and fun Wink - I look forward to you mailing me about a "1.b3!" victory!

  • 20 months ago

    bigboyrg2012

    Nice one PUTV....Imagine if you had spotted that skew on move 37! A delightful game with the 'expert' just getting a better endgame position with your two rooks just being less active. Once again you really made your opponent work and you can certainly be proud of that. It is not often you would see a 200 graded player to be under such pressure as to make a simple mistake as to allow a one move skew, probably due to the amount of cerebral activity you had forced him into making lol. I do like this B3 opening and I have the first round of our club knockout final on Thursday next week, the way you played this and a few others is making it severely tempting to play if I am white in the first round! Well done very entertaining.

  • 20 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    I did however miss a WIN on move 37 - 37.Bf1!! wins a piece on the spot via a skewer on the rook and knight!! Tongue Out

    Bragging rights definitely missed there lol that would have been not only my first game against an expert but a victory too... ah well! Laughing

    I will beat my first expert soon enough though lol Wink

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