1181 versus Grandmaster

1181 versus Grandmaster

Dec 8, 2017, 12:46 AM |

Hello chess fans,

Over the last one year, I've been playing FIDE rated tournaments on a regular basis. My present FIDE rating isn't great, a humble 1181. You may ask "What's the big deal then?"

The big deal is that one doesn't get to play a rated game against a GM every other day. You guessed it right! I recently got paired against a GM in an open tournament. It was a FIDE rated classical game with a time of control of 90 minutes + 30 seconds increment per move. Obviously I lost this game but I learned a thing or two so I thought of sharing my experience here.

Without wasting more time, let's get to the game. Oh! and by the way, just for fun, lets keep my own and my opponent's identity a secret! grin.png


"In all likelihood, with his immense knowledge and experience, my opponent would have found a way to win from this position. But I was disappointed that I didn't put up a fight after move 22. Yet I'm proud that I maintained an equal position against a GM for 22 moves (!!) and reached an equal endgame."


Here's what I learned from this game and a few others in the past:

  • Don't underestimate yourself. You're often better than you think you are.
  • Making intuitive moves/sacrifices may work in rapid and blitz games but often backfires in classical games simply because your opponent has ample time to calculate and refute your idea if it is not sound. So when playing a classical game, calculate to the best of your abilities.
  • Ask yourselves what the most natural move is. Evaluate it in addition to your other options. Often (if not always) the most natural move is the best move.
  • Like the famous saying goes, "If you find a good move, look for a better one." In several games, I've surprised myself by finding an even better move than the "good move" I found initially just by thinking little more. So make a move only after you're convinced that it's the best one in the given position.
  • Keep calm. Hold your nerves. Calmness is essential in order to concentrate and think clearly. If you feel nervous during the game, walk around, look at other boards for inspiration/distraction to get on top of your nerves.
  • Meditate regularly. It will help you concentrate better during the game.

What do you think of this game? Please leave your feedback in the comments.