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Blitz Adventures #4: Questionable Kings

[Date “2017.07.15”]
[Black “Jtrot79”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “987”]
[BlackElo “942”]
[TimeControl “600”]
[ECO “A07”]

Today I decided to jump into a little blitz fun, having chosen to stop playing the Sicilian quite as much I wanted to see what would feel natural against 1.d4 2.Nf3 without really looking into the books. The last two games I got as black transposed into the King’s Indian Attack from the Black Mustang Defense and overall felt really good on this side of the board, less passive and similar to the lay out I’m comfortable with.


1. Nf3 Nc6 2. g3 e5 3. d3 d5 4. Bg2 Bg4 5. h3 Bxf3 6. Bxf3 Nf6 7. Bg5 h6 8. Bxf6 Qxf6 9. O-O d4 10. Bxc6+ Qxc6 11. c3 Rd8 12. Nd2 b5 13. f3 Be7 14. g4 Bg5 15. Ne4 Bf4 16. Re1 g6 17. h4 f5 18. gxf5 gxf5 19. Nd2 Rg8+ 20. Kf1 Qg6 21. Ne4 Qg2#

1.Nf3 Nc6 2.g3 [With white playing this I was able to equalize immediately in the center]

…e5 3.d3 [ I don’t feel as though white wanted to play d3 but even less would be black playing e4 killing his light squared bishop and gaining space]

…d5 4.Bg2 Bg4 [These two moves are why I enjoy this opening so much, it allows for black to have both pawns in the center and a bishop attacking the knight]

5.h3 Bxf3 6.Bxf3 [Removing the Knight was a plan I wanted to do early on as I felt like an attack on the King side would be the goal in the middle game with White having already weakened it]

…Nf6 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 [While not the most accurate line I wanted the Queen on the King side in preparation for an attack]

9.O‑O d4 [I should have castled long here, no doubt about it considering the King side attack and defending the d pawn]

10.Bxc6+ Qxc6 [Keeping the pawn structure intact]

11.c3 Rd8 12.Nd2 b5 [Looking to keep the Queen side under control before switching to the King side]

13.f3 Be7 14.g4 Bg5 15.Ne4 Bf4 16.Re1 g6 17.h4 f5 [I never castled short as I was looking to put the rook on the g file and bring a piece into the attack if White took. The other plan after 18.Nd2 would be to castle into the f file]

18.gxf5 gxf5 19.Nd2 [My opponent played Nd2 but only after it was too late and mate in 4 was unstoppable]

…Rg8+ 20.Kf1Qg6 21.Ne4 Qg2#

Blitz Adventures#3: Mini King’s Indian (ft. Bishop Sac)

[Date “2017.06.16”]
[Black “Jtrot79”]
[Result “0-1”]
[WhiteElo “954”]
[BlackElo “954”]
[TimeControl “600”]
[ECO “A45”]

1.d4 Nf6 2.f3 d5 3.g4 { A45: Indian Game: Paleface, Gedult Attack } 3…g6 4.a3 { (0.00 → -0.60) Inaccuracy. A better move was 4. Bf4. } ( 4.Bf4 4…c5 5.e3 5…Bg7 6.Nc3 6…Nc6 7.Qd2 7…h5 8.g5 8…Nh7 ) 4…Bg7 5.c3 O-O 6.b4 Nc6 7.Bg5 e5 8.Bxf6 { (-1.71 → -4.29) Mistake. The best move was 8. b5. } ( 8.b5 8…h6 9.Bh4 9…Ne7 10.Nh3 10…e4 11.Nf2 11…a6 12.bxa6 12…Rxa6 ) 8…Bxf6 9.e3 exd4 10.cxd4 { (-3.39 → -5.58) Inaccuracy. A better move was 10. exd4. } ( 10.exd4 10…Bg5 11.Be2 11…Re8 12.h4 12…Bxh4+ 13.Kd2 13…Qe7 14.Kc1 14…Bf2 ) 10…Re8 11.Ne2 Rxe3 12.Kf2 Qe8 13.Qd2 Bh4+ 14.Kg2 { (-4.70 → -10.15) Mistake. The best move was 14. Ng3. } ( 14.Ng3 14…Bg5 15.Qd1 15…Qe7 16.b5 16…Na5 17.Ra2 17…Bd7 18.Kg2 18…Re8 ) 14…Bxg4 15.fxg4 Qe4+ 16.Kg1 Qxg4+ 17.Bg2 { (-16.45 → ♚ Mate in 4) Mistake. The best move was 17. Ng3. } ( 17.Ng3 17…Rae8 18.Nc3 18…Nxd4 19.Bg2 19…Bxg3 20.hxg3 20…Qxg3 21.Rf1 21…Nf3+ ) 17…Rxe2 18.Qxe2 Qxe2 19.Bf1 Qf2# 0-1


I wanted to post a quick analysis of a quick game. The King’s Indian is my current go to defense against 1.d4, I like it for its ability to transpose to the QGD which I know the lines of fairly well. In this game here my opponent made severe opening mistakes, for example his first 6 moves were all pawn moves. At the point when they developed their bishop I already had my King safe and a very comfortable position. I simply pushed forward and attacked before their pieces could be developed properly ending the game by move 17. A few points and positions I’ll highlight that I thought were important to this game.


1. d4 Nf6 2. f3 d5 3. g4 g6 4. a3 Bg7 5. c3 O-O 6. b4 Nc6 7. Bg5 e5 8. Bxf6 Bxf6 9. e3 exd4 10. cxd4 Re8 [Here is a main problem with having an uncastled king, if I was allowed Nxd4 the pawn would be pinned by the rook on e1 further more the Knight would be protected from a Queen recapture by the Bishop]

11. Ne2 [This move changes nothing in the sense of a pin and allows me to develop my rook right into the fight negating the Knight and adding pressure to the center King]

…Rxe3 12. Kf2 Qe8 13. Qd2 Bh4+ [While not the best sequence of moves on my part, I wanted to see what my opponent would do under time pressure and piece pressure. He make a mistake here by moving to g2 cornering himself and cutting more of his squares off]

14. Kg2 Bxg4 [I was pretty happy about this move here, I was in an attacking postion and needed to get a little more power in the fight, a check from the Queen on e4 would be superb and a removal sac did the trick]

15. fxg4 Qe4+ 16. Kg1 Qxg4+ 17. Bg2 Rxe2 [This capture also felt quite nice, it was lose the Queen or allow mate]

18. Qxe2 Qxe2 19. Bf1 Qf2#

Blitz Adventures#2: An English Queen

[Date “2017.06.10”]
[White “Jtrot79”]
[Result “1-0”]
[WhiteElo “926”]
[BlackElo “954”]
[TimeControl “600”]
[ECO “A40”]
[Termination “Jtrot79 won by resignation”]

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 { A40: English Defense: 2.c4 Bb7 } 3.Nf3 a5 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 Bb4 6.Be2 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.Qc2 Ne4 9.O-O f5 10.Ba3 d6 11.Qd3 O-O 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Ba6 14.c4 Nd7 15.Nd4 c5 16.dxc6 Ndc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Ne6 Qf6 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Rab1 Bxc4 21.Qxc4+ Kh8 22.Rb6 Nd2 23.Qc1 Nxf1 24.Bxf1 Rc8 25.Qe1 d5 26.Qxa5 Rxc6 27.Rb8+ 1-0


This is one of those games that I feel fairly proud of considering I’m not much of a blitz player. I would rather take my time to think lines through and consider the best possibilities, in this game I was able to find a happy medium between line depth and 10 minute timers.

After all the games of the Queens gambit I’ve played, I’ve never encounter the English opposition to it. Generally the Slav, QGD or Marshall are all I’ve seen with a mix of things I’m not really sure have a name. To my eye it seems like it isn’t the most suited opening to oppose the Queens Gambit, in this game my idealistic opening wasn’t hindered at all. I had pawns on c4, d4 and e3, a knight on f3 a knight on c3 and a bishop with an open diagonal. 5…Bb4 was really the first attack on my structure and the trading of a bishop for a knight allowed me to bring my wing pawn into the center and open my Queen side.

1.d4 b6 2.c4 Bb7 { A40: English Defense: 2.c4 Bb7 } 3.Nf3 a5 [This is a standard opening until a5 which is a waste of tempo, Nc3 shuts down the idea of  a pawn going to b5]

4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 [While e6 isn’t the best move, it is the structure I’m most familiar and comfortable with in going into the middle game]

Bb4 [This is the first attack on my position and the worst result would be trading of minor pieces and a pawn moving into the center, I considered a3 but there was no reason to delay castling and moving pawns so early]

6.Be2 Bxc3+ 7.bxc3 Nf6 8.Qc2 [Another move that wasn’t the best but another position which I have been in quite a few times and I had ideas involving the Queen later on]

Ne4 [No threat in this move, even solidifying it with a pawn wouldn’t make it imposing]

9.O-O f5 10.Ba3 [This is something I really enjoy doing to my opponents, taking away their ability to castle indirectly by throwing a bishop on the diagonal. It forces them to deal with the problem and most times it is a sub par solution costing time or structure]

d6 11.Qd3 [This is my first inaccuracy of the game, I was looking to push the d6 pawn into the enemy camp and unstack my pawns. The best move would have been c5]

O-O 12.d5 exd5 13.cxd5 Ba6 14.c4 [This is the exchange I wanted and the attack from the bishop to my Queen allowed me to further push my c pawn to support d5]

Nd7 15.Nd4 c5 [My opponents first mistake, perhaps he assumed I didn’t know En Passant which allowed me to break his pawn structure and attack the knight]

16.dxc6 Ndc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Ne6 [I saw this fork a while back when I first moved the Knight to d4, this line allowed me to take advantage of it]

Qf6 19.Nxf8 Rxf8 20.Rab1 Bxc4 [I’m not sure what the idea was here, just a miscalculation under time controls]

21.Qxc4+ Kh8 22.Rb6 [While this is technically a mistake, my whole plan from here on out was to push this pawn to promote and let my opponent deal with it. The best move was c7 pushing now instead of waiting]

Nd2 23.Qc1 Nxf1 24.Bxf1 [Trading was fine for more as I was already up in material and threatening to promote]

Rc8 25.Qe1 [A slow move, looking to attack the pawn and support the rook already pushing with the pawn, better to have played Ba6 attacking the rook]

d5 26.Qxa5 Rxc6[ The final mistake leading to mate in 3]

27.Rb8+ 1-0

Blitz Adventures#1: Losing on Turn 2

[Date “2016.11.02”]
[Black “Jtrot79”]
[WhiteElo “852”]
[BlackElo “874”]
[TimeControl “600”]

One of the most important things in chess and especially in blitz is to have a strong understanding of the fundamentals. People often play lesser known and sharper lines where prep and main line studies fall into uselessness, having a strong understanding of the game is vital and much more important than memorizing lines of openings.  I wanted to showcase this game and highlights some of the mistakes many new players make, having learned them myself and utilized them I saw quite an increase in my strength. Having good fundamentals sets up your opening and therefore sets up for a good middle game in which you have a plan and a goal in mind. Off the top of my head I would say the most important things are:

  1. Control the center
  2. Develop the minor pieces
  3. Castle
  4. Initiate a planned attack

1.e3 d5 2.Qf3 Nf6 3.c4 Bg4 4.Qg3 e6 5.cxd5 exd5 6.f3 Be6 7.f4 Bd6 8.Qf3 O-O 9.b3 c6 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 12.Nc3 b5 13.Nge2 b4 14.Rc1 bxc3 15.Nxc3 Rfe8 16.g4 g5 17.h4 d4 18.hxg5 Qg7 19.f5 Bd5 20.Qf4 Bxh1 21.f6 Bxf4 22.fxg7 Kxg7 23.Kd1 Bxg5 24.Ne4 Bf3+ 25.Be2 Bxe4 26.Rc4 c5 27.Rxd4 cxd4 28.exd4 0-1

1.e3 [Already on white’s first move violated rule 1 and he has given me the initiative by allowing me to move into the center first]

…d5 2.Qf3 Nf6 3.c4 Bg4 4.Qg3 e6 5.cxd5 exd5 [Allowing this sequence and trade still gives me control over the center and will make Re1 a better move as the file is now semi open]

6.f3 Be6 7.f4 [The opponent has moved his pawn twice, not only is it not a center pawn but his minor pieces are completely undeveloped]

…Bd6 8.Qf3 O-O 9.b3 [It’s only getting worse from here by moving more pawns, both my Bishops are reasonably positioned in the center and my king is safe]

…c6 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Bxf6 Qxf6 [A poor trade for white, his only active minor piece has been traded and allowed me to activate my Queen]

12.Nc3 b5 13.Nge2 b4 14.Rc1 bxc3 15.Nxc3 [Whites King is still in the middle, this gives me a primary target for my developed pieces]

…Rfe8 16.g4 g5 17.h4 d4 18.hxg5 Qg7 19.f5 [All of these moves were in an effort to break both pawn shields in the event the king managed to castle I would still have some counterplay]

…Bd5 20.Qf4 Bxh1 [A deciding point in the game, Bishops are remarkably good at skewering and should be use to their full power. My opponent missed Nxd5 which was the best response but I would still have a strong advantage]

21.f6 Bxf4 [I should have captured the Queen first, my opponent managed to overlook the other Bishop hanging]

22.fxg7 Kxg7 23.Kd1 Bxg5 24.Ne4 Bf3+ [Intermediate checks are a good way to force certain moves and gain a little time on the clock]

25.Be2 Bxe4 26.Rc4 c5 27.Rxd4 cxd4 [With the loss of this Rook the game was sealed and White resigns after the next move]

28.exd4 0-1