My Ninth Chess Tournament, Game 1 (A Sharp English Sicilian)

Nov 10, 2012, 4:09 PM |

The opponent that I played against this game was someone new to my local Chess Club. He had not played a serious game of chess in about 15 years. Therefore, he got a new USCF membership and was unrated. He claims to have previously been rated in the 1900s, which is somewhat believable because of how well he had been playing blitz during the most recent years. Because of his lack of recent tournament experience, he was a bit rusty when it came to playing with a longer time control. Each one of his moves the entire game he played very quickly, with only a couple of them taking more than one minute of his time. In a way this was a strength for him, as I was compelled to make each of my moves just as fast in order to avoid losing on time. However, this was also somewhat of a weakness for him, as he played a couple of moves without too much thought and blundered a considerable amount of material. After winning a good amount of his material he finally resigned. Here is the game:

Themes: Overloading, Decoys and Deflection, Removing the Guard, Sacrifice, Exchange Sacrifice, Pins, Discovered Attacks, Basic Combinations, Weak and Strong Squares, Simplification, Using Knights, Advanced Pawns, Blockading, Passed Pawns, Converting Extra Material, Exposing the King, King Hunt, Attacking 0-0