Landing my White Whale
I've been playing chess seriously for the past 3 years and there has been one player who has been my proverbial white whale, John Curdo. John is a legend here in MA, he has won the MA state title 16 times ! John and I have had many epic battles. In fact, David Pruess did a 2 part video series on one of my games against John from a few years ago. I was rated around 1700 at that time (Im 2050+ now). Here are the links to those videos : http://www.chess.com/video/player/ma-slave-to-your-preferences & http://www.chess.com/video/player/ma-finding-and-using-your-advantages.
This game starts very similar to the game reviewed in those videos and I definitely learned something from them!
John and I have been having a "theoretical discussion" in a particular line of the Dutch for the past year. He has opted in the past to take the pawn on b2 but in this game he plays d6 instead and I believe I found a good way of refuting this idea. Let's take a look at the game because I feel it is pretty instructive.
White to move and win.
The rest of the game finished up quite easily.