Last weekend I played in the 54th Northeastern Open. This tournament means a lot to me since it was the first one I played back in 2011 when I returned to chess after a 19 year absence.
That year I went 5-0 and won the Reserve Section. Since then I have tried to play it.
In the first round I was paired up about 350 points, and overall I played a very bad game.
Yet if I gave you these two positions:
and said “find the best move for White” the odds are that you would find the moves 24.h4! in the first position and 33.Nxe8! in the second. Why? Because you would be in puzzle mode.
However, when those positions appear on the board after several hours of defending they’re easy to miss. Or at least they were for me. This tells me that I need to work very hard on my fighting spirit.
Here is the entire game:
I hope to have my other games from this event up soon.
Til Next Time,
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