Up two

Mar 3, 2009, 5:34 PM |

I've won two games already in the 6th tournament.  Both games were against the same opponent.  I think my opponent just slipped or got carried away with taking material, because they left themselves wide open in both games to simple checkmates.

In one of the games, I was one move away from checkmate (Qa1 after I castled) but I had the next move and put my opponent in check.  From there, it was a series of checks.  My opponent had the option to trade their Q for my N and save their game, but they chose to move their K instead and that was the move I needed to seal the win.

I almost panicked a little because I was losing material so fast, but I saw my opponent's weak spot and knew I only needed to do two things: protect my K, and get my Q and N into place.  Any pieces I lost in the meantime were irrelevant.  I got over the lost material and just focused on doing my thing and it paid off.

I'm looking forward to the rest of the tournament!