Chess Postmortem #3: D12 Slow Slav
My chess postmortem #3 was one of the best games yet! I got to play a chess master, the one and only Chessnetwork in a simul he hosted. This was quite a privilege and probably the strongest player I've played to date in a long game. Granted it was a simul with ChessNetwork playing 12 games. The time control was 30/30 with ChessNetwork having no additional time. He probably spent 3-7 minutes on each of the 12 games whereas his opponents got the whole 45+ minutes with the increment.
Lessons I learned
- I'm overall happy with my progress
- It's a whole other level of chess that players better than me display
- I need to work on my endgames. I need to continue to concretely calculate in this phase of the game
- 6... Bg4 is not a good try in the e3 Slav though it is playable
- Work on the Semi-Slav when I get the chance and work my defense to 1. Nf3
- Need to work on seeing pieces on the same diagonal
- Don't be too afraid of threats from my opponent (Me playing 12... Bd6 and avoiding Nbd7 for a while). That was flawed thinking.
Originally posted on my site here.