Well This Was Embarrassing | Training Game

A training game against a patron in the Moscow Variation of the Semi Slav.

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 (goal complete!) and 2100 in lichess classical.

Meruzhan, whom I’ve played twice so far, has made reaching my goal much harder. He won the second time! Once again he played a very good game, almost no mistakes, and I played like a complete patzer. Good game Meruzhan. Learn from my mistakes guys. The game was very instructive.

Here is today’s game:

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Qb3 dxc4 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qd3 Nd7 10. e4 b4 11. e5 Qd8 12. Ne4 Bb7 13. Rc1 Be7 14. Be2 O-O 15. O-O Rc8 16. Nc5 Nxc5 17. dxc5 Qxd3 18. Bxd3 Rfd8 19. Be4 Ba6 20. Rfe1 Bd3 21. Nd2 Bg5 22. f4 Bxf4 23. Rcd1 Bxd2 24. Rxd2 Bxe4 25. Rxd8+ Rxd8 26. Rxe4 a5 27. a3 bxa3 28. bxa3 Rd5 29. Re3 Rxc5 30. Kf2 Kf8 31. Kf3 Ke7 32. g3 Kd7 33. Ke4 Rc4+ 34. Kd3 Ra4 35. Kc2 Rd4 36. Kc3 Ra4 37. Kb3 Rd4 38. Kc3 c5 39. h4 Kc6 40. Rf3 Rd7 41. Kc4 a4 42. Rf4 Rd4+ 43. Rxd4 cxd4 44. Kxd4 Kb5 45. h5 g6 46. g4 g5 47. Kc3 Kc5 48. Kd3 Kd5 49. Kc3 Kxe5 50. Kb4 Kd4 51. Kxa4 Kc4 52. Ka5 e5 0-1

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