OTB Lessons: Correct Development

Oct 26, 2010, 11:42 AM |

This was the second game from the Chess Nut Challenge at Concordia College.  I this game my opponent's moves were not cohesive and he lost two pawns quickly in the opening.  While I didn't always play the best moves I stuck to my winning plan until he went into sacrificial desperation mode.

The main lesson for me in this game is to calculate all variations.  In case he played Nb6 around move 10 I kept looking at exchanges and in the game I didn't prepare to look at Qc2.  I still do this sometimes, other times I may look at Qc7 Qb6 but not Qa5.  It's a option blindness I still need to correct.