Online Tournament 4 of 4: Front and Center

Aug 23, 2011, 9:09 AM |
In the fourth game, I had the black pieces and expected to face my toughest competition thus far. I chose a tactical but impatient line of play within the Sicilian opening and probably didn't do myself any favors in doing so. 

All in all, I was ahppy with my game. I floundered with early impatience but managed to build a strong center and use it to my advantage. In the key moment, my opponent tried a bold, sacrificial play, but I refuted it with a tactical in-between move. The rest of the game falls under the theme of converting a won position, which I was able to accomplish. The win meant I had gone 4 for 4 in the "Finish by 2012?" tournament round 2. I ended with a score of six and a tie break of 12 in this round, 10-0-2 overall so far. It will be some time, however, before it's clear where that places me in the overall rankings, as many of my opponents' games are yet to be played. Wish me luck!