Road to the Grandmaster title - Attack of the uncastled king in the Slav defense

Road to the Grandmaster title - Attack of the uncastled king in the Slav defense

attilaturzo
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Feb 9, 2019, 2:48 PM |
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My 3rd game in the February Titled Tuesday tournament was with black against National Master Yelfry Torres from the Dominican Republic. The time control was 3 minutes per player plus 2 seconds increment per move.

He started with 1.c4 and I replied with c6 to go to the Slav defense. He played the opening slowly and my active Ne4 move gave me an advantage and a chance to win a pawn which I missed. 

Then I castled he stayed in the middle and started to push his h- and g-pawns to attack my king. I opened the position in wrong way, because his king was still safe, but the g-file opened against my king. After several mistakes on both sides in the time trouble, I was able to open up the middle and checkmate his king:

I analysed the game for about 1 hour and continued to study tactics 2 hours.

Let me share a few puzzles I solved today from

                        Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player

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