Sunday, February 19, 2006


Game Preparation

Finally having time to study and finally being in a position to win the strong Wednesday tournament, I've had my upcoming game against an expert in my head. Against experts, I have a mere 3-13-2 record. For the game, I will be white.

It's interesting to have some time to prepare against an opponent you've played before. Ever since I've started playing again, I've always played e4 to which he has played the uncommon 1... Nc6. Since I've played this guy twice before as white, perhaps he will be changing up his openings, so I will preempt any preperation of his and change the opening myself.

Since he would naturally have a good handle on d4, I have to consider a less common opening. Contemplating both Bird's Opening (1. f4 ) and the Reti Opening (1. Nf3 d5 2. c4) , I have decided upon the latter.

An earlier game as white which I won against the same opponent.
1. e4 Nc6 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. Nc3 Qa5 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. Bb5 Bd7 7. O-O a6 8. Ba4 e6 9. d4 Bb4 10. Bb3 O-O 11. Ne2 b5 12. c3 Bd6 13. Ne5 Be8 14. Rf3 Ne7 15. Bc2 c5 16. Rh3 h6 17. Ng3 cxd4 18. cxd4 Qb6 19. Qd3 Nf5 20. Nxf5 exf5 21. Be3 g6 22. Rxh6 Kg7 23. Rh3 Nd5 24. Rg3 Rc8 25. Bb3 Nb4 26. Qxf5 Rc7 27. Qe4 a5 28. a3 Na6 29. f5 Bxe5 30. dxe5 Nc5 31. f6+ Kg8 32. Rxg6+ 1-0

Be careful! You're gambling that you have more knowledge and experience than he does with an opening that isn't part of your normal repertoire.
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