First Over the Board Victory against a Master

I finished a recent four round game in 90 minutes tournament with a victory over a USCF life master. To be sure, my opponent's rating has slipped below the master level in recent years, but a master is a master, right?

I was better most of the game, but got in trouble in a time scramble and only won because my opponent missed a tactic. All things considered, it was a relatively good effort. Some areas for improvement are:

1. Try to make promissing lines work! I gave up too early on the 13...Nxf3+ line, which was winning.

2. When defending against a blockaded passed pawn, consider playing around it rather than focusing on eliminating it.

3. Try to avoid time trouble as bad decisions inevitably result from it.

4. Don't assume that trading off pieces is always best under pressure or to realize a pawn advantage. (See moves 15 and 34.)

Finally, if anyone can explain the merits of 26...Rd3 or 28...Rd3 please do so. I don't understand this computer suggestion.


  • 3 years ago


    @ih8sens I agree and don't understand this either. In an earlier game in the same tournament another 2000 player who had slipped from his master rating played a Urusov gambit against me! I came out of the opening with clean pawn and only lost because I later blundered. I have since learned that he plays this opening all the time, so next time I will be ready for it. For the game see my blog entry:

  • 3 years ago

    NM ih8sens

    Congrats! Blows my mind why white would play such a poor opening when there is so much room to outplay someone without needing to know all kinds of theory in the open games.

    Good game nonetheless! Congratulations!

  • 3 years ago


    Thanks, Reshevskys_Revenge

  • 3 years ago


    Congratulations upon reaching a milestone in your chess career.

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