My Eleventh Chess Tournament, Game 3 (Schooled in the Scotch Gambit)

May 15, 2013, 6:50 PM |

After getting into some trouble the last time I played the French Defense, another member of my chess club recommended that I play 1...e5 in response to 1. e4. As my knowledge of such openings is pretty limited (I know something about the Ruy Lopez and the Italian Game, but that's mostly it), I got into even more trouble when my opponent played the Scotch Gambit. My lack of knowledge about this opening caused me to fall for a common opening trap, after which I was trying to defend my position for the rest of the game. Somehow I got lucky and my opponent couldn't find a way to catch my king in the center. Unfortunately, as a result of trying to defend for the whole game, I blundered a piece in time trouble and shortly afterwards had to resign. Maybe I should just stick to the French, or even play my occasional Sicilian. Here is the game:

Themes: Double Attacks, Decoys and Deflection, Sacrifice, Forks, Zwischenzug, Pins, Weak and Strong Squares, Opening Lines, Open Game, Initiative, Using the Queen, Opening Traps, Isolated Pawns, Weak Pawns, Passed Pawns, Converting Extra Material, Sacrificing on f7/f2, Exposing the King, Defense, Attacking the Uncastled King, Attacking 0-0