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Chess.com daily puzzles helped me defeat a 1944 opponent!

Dec 21, 2011, 10:04 AM 1

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.

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