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John Purdy Memorial - Round 4

John Purdy Memorial - Round 4

Sep 15, 2015, 11:57 PM 2

This blog follows my quest for an official FIDE rating.

*** See comments section of this blog for an endgame puzzle ***

Round 4 at Norths Chess Club was a real heart-breaker! On the black side of another Semi-Slav, we reach a R + P endgame where I'm a pawn up and have all the winning chances. Unfortunately though, at the critical moment (isn't it always?), I miss the only idea that keeps an advantage. It's a relatively simple pawn breakthrough tactic that I hope to NEVER miss again. I could blame it on the fact that I'd already calculated a 'winning' line, but that's just an excuse. I probably wouldn't have found it even if I did see his refutation. Kudos to my 1665 rated opponent, an enjoyable game despite the result.


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