Chess.com daily puzzles helped me defeat a 1944 opponent!
Chess.com daily puzzles helped me defeat an opponent 200+ points higher than myself! In 2011 I set a goal to become comfortable being a more aggressive player. Most of my moves were conserative and positional in nature. Sure I was decent at tactics (forks, pins, skewers, etc) but I wasn't well versed in the art of sacrifice. I began by studying games from Tal, as well as watching videos on youtube. Although I began experimenting with piece sacrifices (like the classic Bishop Sac) I still would never consider sacing my Queen. Make a mistake sacing a piece and you might be able to recover, but throwing away your Queen! no way. However, after a month of Queen Sac themed puzzles on chess.com I decided to start looking for opportunities in my games. Here is the game I played, I hope you enjoy it. You'll notice that with my back against the wall, the Queen sac gave me the counterplay I needed to win.