A Checkmate Combination! | Training Game(s)

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An aggressive game against the Exchange Caro-Kann in which I played a nice tactical combination after which my opponent resigned, and a win against the Sicilian! Two training games today!

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.

Today’s games were instructive. In the first one I faced the e6 open Sicilian against which I played the Kramnik Variation. I played against the IQP and I started setting up a blockade. Soon after, unfortunately for my opponent, he just missed that I win an exchange.

The second game was more interesting. I went for the fianchetto setup against the Exchange Caro-Kann. It was a thematic position until my opponent played Bh6, a weird move which I didn’t know. I didn’t want to play the sensible Re8, just developing. Instead I went for a trick. Which he missed. I won a pawn and created a chance for a tactical combination which led to an easy win!

Here are today’s games:

Kramnik Sicilian

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 Nc6 4. d4 cxd4 5. Nxd4 Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Nxc6 bxc6 8. Bd3 d5 9. cxd5 exd5 10. O-O O-O 11. exd5 cxd5 12. Ne2 Rb8 13. a3 Bd6 14. h3 h6 15. b4 Be5 16. Rb1 Be6 17. Be3 Qd7 18. Bd4 Qd6 19. Bc5 Qc7 20. Bxf8 Rxf8 21. Rc1 Qd7 22. f4 Bb2 23. f5 1-0

Exchange Caro-Kann

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 cxd5 4. Bd3 Nc6 5. c3 Nf6 6. Bf4 g6 7. Nf3 Bg7 8. Nbd2 O-O 9. O-O Nh5 10. Be3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Bxe5 13. Bh6 Ng7 14. Re1 Bxh2+ 15. Kh1 Qh4 16. Bxg7 Bd6+ 17. Kg1 Qh2+ 18. Kf1 Qh1+ 19. Ke2 Re8+ 20. Be4 Qh5+ 21. Kf1 Qh1+ 22. Ke2 Bg4+ 23. Nf3 Rxe4+ 24. Kd2 Qxg2 0-1

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