Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New Video: Chess Match: onlyone (1910) vs. jrobi (1445)



This match has me playing against the Alekhine's Defence. As my opponent was rated significantly higher than me I tried something a little risky in the beginning with a bishop sack. My opponent probably should have been able to win, but I think the sack through him off guard and probably made him feel like this would be an easy win, which caused him to make some positional mistakes that I was able to capitalize on.

The video also has a new intro I have been playing around with.

2 comments:

christian said...

Your intros are getting better and better. Spot on on the importance of trading; apart from positional/tactical concerns, your decisions as to whether or not to trade should also be informed by the ensuing transpositions into an advantageous endgame.

Early blunders in my experience often lead to an increased and oftentimes lethal psychological "breakdown" on the part of the blunderee (particularly in Blitz games, of course). Even if you're a piece ahead, you have to force yourself to think, but it's oh so tempting to just lean back and enjoy the show instead.

As for the Alekhine defence -- why not? I still haven't got a proper opening repertoire, although I'd be interested in seeing some responses to my post on opening study in the forum.

jrobi said...

"...your decisions as to whether or not to trade should also be informed by the ensuing transpositions into an advantageous endgame."

Great point Christian! I will start doing that more often. I know it's easy to think tactics only leading up to the end-game but like you said it shouldn't be at the exclusion of end-game preparation.