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My First Game for the County - my 3rd Consecutive Draw!!

Today, Saturday 11th February 2012, I played my first game for Oxfordshire's U150's (1850 FIDE) team. It was held at Magdalen College School in Oxford, a venue where I had many great victories as a young child... the match was even held in a room where I have won games before!!

We played against Buckinghamshire, and I played on board 16 (bottom board lol) with the white pieces. I haven't done too well with the white pieces recently, I definately need to make some tweaks to my game if I am to progress...

So, another draw... my last 3 rated games have all been draws - but this was a draw against a lower-rated player (92 ECF) so not my best chess by a long-shot! I haven't run it through Houdini yet but I know where I went wrong... taking on c6 with the bishop was a huge blunder, I spent ages calculating possible lines out and missed the obvious reply. I went against my gut instinct to play my positional chess, retreat the bishop and find another way to grind my opponent down, but I listened to my head not my heart, and once again it's got me in trouble!

But - once I was down material I started playing really well - managed to create threats that resulted in an almost-forced repetition of moves, the draw was offered to me and I didn't hesitate in taking it! So, I basically escaped with a draw when I should have won.

Another way to look at it is like this - out of my last 7 rated games, I have only lost once... and that was to a higher-rated player, so I guess it's not all bad!! Smile

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    @Daeru - yes black is better at the end that's why there was no hesitation accepting the draw, this seems to happen to me a lot... I gain an advantage in the opening, make a blunder, then I have to try and equalize by defending a losing position and creating complications, which I somehow manage to do! I seem to play my best chess when I am at a disadvantage...

  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    Yeah thanks for the comment... I ran it through Houdini after and Bxc6 was just a mistake, when I was doing my calculations for the capture something told me that there wasn't anything wrong with it, I dunno just not my best 1.d4 game that's for sure! He did have a -2.85 (I think) advantage when he offered the draw I knew if I played on I could be in trouble. For some reason 1.d4 just comes instinctively natural to me, I've never been a fan of 1.e4 apart from the King's Gambit obviously which has to be one of the sharpest openings of all time! I like playing positional chess, for some reason I don't like a lot of the games that arise from 1.e4 it's not my current style, but as I progress who know's what I'll be playing in 5yrs... you should give 1.d4 a try, online in some live games and see if you like the positions that arise from it, you never know it may suit your style of play better - I've tried doing the same with 1.e4 myself, but after 100's of games, wins, losses and draws... for me, it's 1.d4 all the way!Smile

  • 2 years ago

    Cruiseylee78

    Taking on c6 wasnt great but no blunder mate. As you had Qe2, threatening hes bishop with Q and R and unpinning your queen. Also I dont think hes Be7 is much of a wasted tempo as he made you play a3. At the end he was defo much better and should of just started to swap off pieces but I think due to time and the rating diff he was well happy with draw and bottled it a bit. Still its another game you havnt lost and thats a great habbit to get into. I lose too many cos of my style. But when I win its normally so nice to watch and be apart of. I might start playing d4 myself lol.

  • 2 years ago

    Daeru

    Black looks much better in the last position to me but your opponent got scared because of the complications you created. Good game.

  • 2 years ago

    pumpupthevolume247

    As a team, we lost 10-6 Frown

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