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Club K.O. Tournament Round 2 - 1.d4! Makes a Return, my BEST-EVER Draw!

Today I played my second round match against a 141 ECF (1776 FIDE equ.) graded player... and after suffering my first ever otb loss with 1.b3 last week, and some preparation, I decided to go back to my roots and smash out 1.d4, knowing that with solid play, I could at least try and do myself justice, play a half-decent game and hopefully win!...

I didn't win though... but got a draw! Officially my best-ever (by rating diff.) rated draw - this has restored a lot of faith in my ability to hold my own in next month's u145 tournament! Cool

 

 

I hope you enjoyed the game and like my own analysis, I don't use an engine, instead I self-analyze so my own analyzing skills and fault-finding naturally develop, then I check my own accuracy after I post it up Wink

So the outcome is a rematch in 2 weeks... and I also have to play him AGAIN in our other K.O tournament as it is a 2-life K.O with 2 sets of parings... and we're paired again lol. More 1.d4 I think Cool

Comments


  • 18 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Cheers Cruisey! Yeah I knew I had a win but with just 2 minutes left on my clock and my stronger opponent still having about 40 minutes left I just took the perpetual knowing I had a second shot Wink

    I knew and know I can beat this guy but in our second match, again holding a comfortable draw and I threw it away by giving him the opposition.

  • 18 months ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Great how you drew this game after that brave exchange sac lol. Now sure I would of played it. Hes rooks can get active and your bishopi not great and it did not create a passed pawn which exchange sacs are normally worth it. Qc7 defo saving move and winning those pawns saved it. Altho he did miss win at the end but was defo not easy to see. But decent result ;)

  • 20 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks for the comments people, I've just done a nice thourough analysis with Houdini 3.0 and my suspicions were right - I did have a win with not even best play if I didn't take the perpetual check... Houdini gives me a massive score of +5.31 after 1 minute of analysis, a certain win otb... but unfortunately I don't have the blitz skills of super-GM Nakamura lol and knew I couldn't find the forced win in just over 2 minutes. Not worth risking it, but I get another shot so it's all good! Cool

  • 20 months ago

    molondon

    well done Sam

  • 20 months ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Thanks guys! It was an ultra-tense game for me no doubt... a nice little taste for the intermediate level u145 tournaments upcoming. For some reason I "CAN" play a lot better otb than online... shame I can't play like this online lol!! Laughing

  • 20 months ago

    mapearson1990

    Nice finding of resources under time pressure and throughout the entire game. I am almost certain that I would have crumbled in your position.

    I agree with Rf5 over Qxg6+ although think you retain an advantage in both lines. Likewise couldn't find a plan after 50. e4+ in your alternate line but it definately needs careful play. eg. after 50...Kg6, 51. Rf3?? (trying to evict the Queen) I noticed 51...Qc2 forking the e pawn and the Bishop and Black is winning.

    Well played. You deserved the result and are obviously pretty damn cool under pressure. Laughing Smile

  • 20 months ago

    HardieUK

    Looked like a great game from you.  A really sharp position against a strong player.

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