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N. Bellon - J. Byrnes 1-0, when the opponent blunders early

N. Bellon - J. Byrnes 1-0, when the opponent blunders early

lichessclub
Sep 28, 2014, 7:28 PM 0

Here, my opponent hung a Knight with 11...Qe8?? and I was up a piece early.  This is unlike him and I presume it was just a horrible oversight after attempting to activate his Queen on the e8-h5 diagonal.  When your opponent blunders early, it is important to stop counterplay and tighten up your position since after a win of material your pieces are often somewhat uncoordinated (thank you IM Jeremy Silman whose books cemented that in my brain). 13. dxc5 is excellent as it answers the threatened 13...Qc6 going after the vulnerable bishop.



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