Game of the Week: Key Squares

Game of the Week: Key Squares

ijgeoffrey
ijgeoffrey
Sep 5, 2016, 11:55 PM |
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Have you ever played a game where you felt like your mind was exceptionally clear? Did you soundly trounce your opponent, turning his minor inaccuracies into major advantages for yourself? Well that's what happened to me in this game.

This week's game is a recent blitz game I played. Although I almost always make a blunder or two when I play blitz, I was having a very good "chess day" (as I like to call it) for this one. Normally, I would describe my playing style as very tactical; I am always looking for tactics to win material, and that is usually how I win. But in this game, I'm not sure I used any tactics! Instead, I played very positionally. I analyzed my opponent's position and looked for holes—key squares where I could park my pieces and from which I could later strike.

Although it felt like a long game to me, apparently it was all over in under 20 moves! Looking back on it now, I don't believe I really made any mistakes. To me it is a very appealing game to watch. Here it is—I hope you enjoy!

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