Penang Open 2015 - 1st round
In the next few blog posts I am going to analyze all games that I played in 7th Penang Open that took place in Malaysia in December 2015.
Overall, the tournament went quite well for me. I got to play against a few stronger players, including 2 GMs and 3 IMs, mostly held my own against them, gained a few rating points and actually was one win away from scoring my second IM norm. However, I also lost two crucial games in the last four rounds, which left a bitter aftertaste.
Nevertheless, the tournament was well organized, I played some interesting chess, so a few months later I decided to revisit the games and see what I can learn from them.
In the first round I was playing White versus a young player from Malaysia, rated 1827. In a strange bout of optimism I decided to sacrifice a piece right out of the opening, hoping to confuse my opponent. In the end, this actually worked out for me, but not until I had to go through a lost position first!
Of course, I got more than a little lucky in this game. On the positive side, I knew that the sacrifice was not fully correct when I played it, but I expected that my opponent would be less comfortable in a tactical battle - otherwise he probably would not have played Queen's Gambit Declined. In the end of that day I was just happy that my bluff has worked!