Another tactic from a real game
Dedicated to my teammate, HReedwork! Always a pleasure!
This was in a game I had against my teammate, HReedwork. I spotted a tactic earlier in the game that had me ahead. Worth noting, that was actually indirectly influenced by Squarology who posts amusing but helpful videos that are quite instructive. He had a video that discussed "listening to your pieces". I had very early dreams of playing e5 at some point in this game.
Aside from that, although ahead in material, that doesn't mean too much to a novice and it's still a huge battle before getting a win. I was attacking best I could but then my teammate played a move. I sent a message in the chat stating "well, that move stopped my little red wagon!". Luckily (for once), I had a good amount of time on the clock. I looked and looked and LOOKED and then found this. Another friend here (from Australia --AWESOME accent, he knows who he is) once discussed that this particular tactical motif is a bit tricky....
But, I found it. Not without a lot of sweating, groaning and outbursts of "agghhh!!" as I thought through candidates that didn't work.
AGAIN, for you stronger players, it's not too terribly difficult. Bear in mind, despite getting a bit stronger on tactics sites, spotting them in games is a whole different ball game.
Worth noting, the week before this game, I prepped all week with videos and opening exercises. All that prep was thrown out the window, though, when my opponent deviated. :P
As always, thanks for reading and let me know how you did.