RidgeHimself vs RandomJeff

Jul 8, 2013, 9:17 AM |







 More travails of a (wanna-be) improving chess player...

Below is a game I played as black against RidgeHimself.  As often happens to me when I play the Pirc defense, I found my game rather cramped.  I was actually in my book until my 9th move when I couldn't decide where to place the knight.
White (Ridge) did an excellent job of grabbing the queen side and I was hard pressed to make inroads anywhere.  One thing that could have cost me dearly was that I was in serious time trouble for a good deal of the game.  When the game opened up and tactics became important I didn't have much time to see the possibilities - I was just fighting to make moves that were reasonable and didn't throw the game away.
It was a struggle, and until Ridge made an ill-advised move that let me bust up his king side pawns the game was much in doubt.