Never let your guard down!

Never let your guard down!

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I kicked off as White with 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Bg2 Bb4+, and instead of the conventional Bd2, I threw a curveball with 5. Nd2, raising a few eyebrows. Who said chess can't have its own plot twists?

Navigating the game, I stuck close to mainline theory, aiming for an even position. But then came a critical juncture: how to break free from the balance? I chose to simplify, transitioning to an endgame with 15. Be5, thinking, "Let's make this a bit easier!" However, chess is like a rollercoaster ride — ups and downs are guaranteed. Black seized the chance, flipping the board and putting me on the defensive.

Just when I thought I had weathered the storm, a pawn-grabbing chance was missed, setting off a chain reaction. The climax was 36... Ba4, with perpetual checks swooping in like an unexpected plot twist. In the end, the game ended in a draw, a shared point after a whirlwind of tactics.

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