Positional (mis)Understanding | Training Game

A 15+15 classical training game in which I played the Karpov Caro-Kann and got crushed because of several small positional inaccuracies.

From now on I’ll be recording training games as often as I can. I have two measurable goals in my training weeks to come. Aside from working on the endgame, strategy, and a new repertoire, I have set a goal of reaching 2300 in lichess tactics and 2100 in lichess classical.

I have so far managed to reach 2166 in tactics, and the training games in classical chess started yesterday. I need measurable goals to determine whether I have managed to make real progress. If you have any ideas on how else to do that, please share your thoughts.

Here is today’s game:

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Nf3 Ngf6 6. Ng3 e6 7. Bd3 Bd6 8. O-O O-O 9. Re1 b6 10. Ne4 Nxe4 11. Bxe4 Bb7 12. Ne5 Qc7 13. Bf4 f6 14. Nxd7 Qxd7 15. Bxd6 Qxd6 16. Qd3 f5 17. Bf3 Rf6 18. Re5 Rd8 19. Rd1 Bc8 20. Qc3 Bd7 21. Qe1 Be8 22. c3 Bg6 23. a4 a5 24. Qe2 Bf7 25. Re1 h6 26. Qa6 Rb8 27. Qc4 Rc8 28. Qa6 Rb8 29. h3 g5 30. Qc4 Rc8 31. g3 f4 32. g4 Kg7 33. Qa6 Rb8 34. Qa7 Kh8 35. R1e2 Bg8 36. Kg2 Rf7 37. Rxe6 Rxa7 38. Rxd6 b5 39. Rxh6+ Kg7 40. Rxc6 bxa4 41. Re5 Rxb2 42. Rxg5+ Kf8 43. Rc8+ Ke7 44. Rgxg8 Kd7 45. Bc6+ 1-0

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