Fire on the board

Feb 9, 2010, 5:27 PM |

In the game beneath I played an exchange french to ensure myself (being white) of open play. It is not known to be a very ambitious line, but I'm thinking it may suit my style better.

After going for the exchange french I did play ambitious moves, maybe too ambitious at some point, and black managed to create some counterpressure. The result of this was that he won a pawn, but I was more than compensated by even more open lines, the bishop pair and a wrecked black kingside to play to.

Near the end I missed a great move and played a weak one that could well have lost the game (20. Be5?? as opposed to the simply winning 20. Rxc6).

The game was still drawn, but that I missed as I was stressed out about my blunder and maybe because it wasn't that obvious. Black could then have won - but he also overlooked the crucial resource.

The mate is quite nice Smile