Game-A-Day (Aug. 24, 2017)

NM ih8sens
Aug 24, 2017, 7:47 AM |

So I've decided to start blogging again.  I think I have an idea for improving my chess, and that's to play one (only one) 15 minute game every day.  I'll then study the game in depth and post my work on my blog.  

The goal is to avoid overtraining, and to avoid studying my games superficially.  

So today is day 1!

I ended up on the black side of an old-school Catalan.  I was happy with my play.  My opponent didn't play very well, but huge rating mismatches will happen in the ICC 15 minute pool.  No doubt I'll be posting games where I get destroyed from time to time as well.

What I learned:

  • Kinda already knew this but: c5 in the Catalan is often instant equality.  Sometimes it works tactically.
  • It looks like white has a lot of space, but he can have issues finding space for his queen.
  • Meeting Bf4 with Bd6 makes it nearly impossible for white to cause any problems.
  • Meeting Bf4 with Nc6 is a little more complex, but black is still fine.
  • Sacrificing the pawn on c7 for counterplay looks tempting, but I couldn't quite make it work.  That said, the main lines are satisfactory for black.