Mine Your Chess Games For "Gold"

Mine Your Chess Games For "Gold"

NM CraiggoryC
Jun 6, 2016, 1:04 PM |

The improving chess player is well advised to treat their games like gold. In this blog we'll be going over how to get the most from your games by going over my 4th (and final) round of the tournament I played over Memorial Day Weekend.

Round 1

Round 2 & 3

What follows is the things I "mined" from the aforementioned, round 4 game. Let's go mining!

Learning About Defending Against the Catalan Opening:

This is how I would have played if I had another go around in this position
Tactical Puzzles
Instead of playing the "peaceful" 20. Qb3 or the more aggressive 20. Nc4!? White has just blundered with 20. b3?? What should Black play to prove that White has just messed up big time!


White has just played the inaccurate 14. Rd1?! How should Black punish White's indescretion?



White has just played the bad 16. Qa6? As Black seize the initiative and never let go!
Answer to Black Seizing the initiative:

Practice Your Endgame Technique

In the above diagram, White played 37. h4?! What should have White played that would lead to a victory?