Stealing the point - in style.

  • Prooz
  • | Oct 21, 2009 at 12:55 PM
  • | Posted in: Prooz's Blog
  • | 800 reads

This is a game I just played on live chess. The opening was played pretty accurately by both sides, but I slipped in the middlegame, dropping two pawns.
With correct play, black would have been able to finish the game but fortunately for me he accepted a rook sacrifice, leading to a quick mate.
Hope you enjoy!


  • 6 years ago


    Well spoken, RC.  Just go for it.  And what is this talk I hear about stealing?  A point is a point, my friends, and as Tartakower would remind us, it goes to the player who makes the second-to-last mistake!  ;-)

  • 6 years ago


    Thanks for the positive comments!

    The time control was 15|10, but I had 15:30 left after the first 12 moves I think. The classical semi-slav system is pretty easy to understand, straightforward moves. I'm sure you'll get the hang of it quickly.

    I'm actually looking for a way to avoid the classical QGD lines, if both sides play correctly you end up with a pretty quiet position in which I'm finding it hard to grab the initiative. Maybe I just need to practice more..

  • 6 years ago


    This is a well deserved steal indeed, I agree with RC_Woods on that it's best to get cheap when you're lost.

    I'm trying to adopt a d4 repertoire (after playing the english my whole chess life), and the semi-slav is a huge part of it, and I'm surprised by the accuracy of the opening phase in this blitz game (I'm only assuming it's blitz because you've said it's played in live chess). Makes me realize I have a long, long way to go.

  • 6 years ago


    Nice game! I can imagine Bxf3 sent a shock shivering down your spine.

    I really agree that once a game is lost it is best to just 'go for it', trying to take down your opponent with wild moves that catch him off guard. It isn't so important that moves are unsound if best moves just lose in a predictable way!

    Oh and I liked the annotations.

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