My 3rd Tournament Game: A Hard Fought Loss (London System vs. late Bf5)
I played the London system, he played 5...Bf5 and we played a very long and interesting game where I had to make lots of difficult decisions to keep the initiative. After a mistake and a (perceived - see below) blunder, it ended up being a hard fought loss.
I give a few positions from the game as puzzles first (here they're mostly positional, requiring you to come up with the best plan).
First puzzle: Move 10
Second Puzzle: Move 18
Third Puzzle: Move 24
Here, finally, is the whole game as it was played:
- If you know the theory line in the opening, just play it (6. Qb3)
- Don't fear retreating moves (18. Nf3)
- Don't get into TIME TROUBLE!
- Don't EVER get seduced by your plan - always also consider your opponent's replies! (Seems like the easiest mistake to make, for me) (23. Qb3)
- After a perceived blunder, calm down and see if you can still carry out your original plan.