My Thirteenth Chess Tournament, Game 2 (Not a Pretty Petroff)

May 25, 2013, 8:19 PM |

In this game I was paired up with the lowest rated player in my section. Due to his low rating, I was not surprised to see him fall for a common opening trap in the Petroff's Defense. I quickly won a pawn against him, and the fact that he tried to complicate the game by unsoundly sacrificing most of his pieces only made things worse for him. Although he did force me to move my king before I had a chance to castle, it was no problem for me as the queens were exchanged early and my opponent didn't have enough pieces developed to attack my king with. After exchanging all of my opponent's remaining pieces, I easily converted my material advantage and won the endgame. Here is the game:

Themes: Sacrifice, Trapped Piece, Exchange Sacrifice, Pins, Simplification, Bishop Pair, Open Game, Using Bishops, Using Rooks, Opening Traps, Advanced Pawns, Blockading, Converting Extra Material, Mating Nets, Queenside Attacks, Basic Checkmates