Thompson - Wollkind, 0-1
Last night in the first round of the April tournament in Natick I had one of my best chess games so far. I did’t have that many opportunities to go wrong though, as the game lasted only 19 moves before my opponent blundered a piece in a tough position.
This was my first time playing against the English. I’v
e spent a little bit of time thinking about how I’d meet it, but this was the first time I had to do so. I think I need to sit down and figure that out a little more. My plan morphed from trying to tempt my opponent into d4 territory familiar to me into playing a reversed closed Sicilian, which worked out ok, but looking at the database I was in positions where white scores 65% or better.
After the game, my opponent told me that this was the first time he had encountered the plan that I put into action. A bit of luck, and more points from “the attack that plays itself” for me….