Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Derbyshire Individual Rd.2

I played Harry Ratner in the Derbyshire Individual championship Tuesday night.


I didn't enjoy the game very much, and misplayed the opening. I should have played 7.Nc3. He launched a good attack on my queenside, and I didn't get much of an attack going towards his kingside which was my aim.

When I was starting to hate the position, I tried opening it up and making it quite sharp. But it didn't really phase him and Harry deserved the win. Hopefully one of these days I'll beat him, but I say that everytime!

The main tactical mistake was in the position below. I played d4, it's one of those moves where you realise the mistake as soon as you let go of the piece, but for whatever reason it didn't register when thinking about it before touching the piece.

This weekend should be fun, it's the Spectrum Chess Derbyshire congress.


chesstiger said...

I find 8. Qd2 the mistake of the opening. 8. c3 i would have played there. Develop the b-knight to d2 and Queen to b3 or play the b-knight a3-c2 to put extra force in the centre and this especially on d4.

Dean said...

Thanks chesstiger, yes that was a mistake. My idea was to try and exchange his fianchettoed bishop, but overlooked Ng4.

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