Game 1: Getting Back to Chess

I’m starting a new feature for 2017.  Two years ago, I started playing chess again after a lengthy absence.  I studied hard, I played well, my rating reached a new high.  Thanks to my long study hours, I am now playing the best chess of my life.

Now I’m recording it.  In a way, I already was.  Every month I would have a Game of the Month, such as here, where I analyzed one game in depth.  This was good, but I want to do better.  I’m going to analyze every game I’ve played since 2015, which works out to 100 exactly.  There will be a lot of gems, a lot of cool games … and always some games like this one.

My opponent was rated below 1200.  I hadn’t played any serious chess in years, and so I played my first game against a safe, low-rated opponent, just to see where I measured up.  It turned out that wasn’t necessary …

I admit, this may not be the best game to highlight this new blog feature, but hey, historic value!  My first game in years!  Woo!

A game that I liked (ChessBase 13)

[Event “Let’s Play!”]
[Site “”]
[Date “2015.03.27”]
[Round “?”]
[White “mom62”]
[Black “SmithyQ”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D00”]
[WhiteElo “1145”]
[BlackElo “1337”]
[Annotator “Pettit”]
[PlyCount “38”]
[EventDate “2015.??.??”]
[TimeControl “1”]

{A simple dismantling of a player new to chess. I don’t normally play someone
this weak, but it was during my warmup period, getting back into chess.} 1. f4
d5 2. d4 c5 3. Nf3 {I think my opponent was trying to reach a Stonewall Attack
setup, but he needs to play e3 as soon as I play c5, as we’ll quickly see.}
cxd4 4. Qxd4 Nc6 5. Qc3 $2 {[%csl Rb4][%cal Rb4e1,Rf8b4] As a general rule,
you never want your Queen on c3/c6 in the early opening. It’s far too easy to
pin it to the King.} e5 $1 {The only ‘hard’ move to find. The rest of the game
I play with near perfect accuracy, according to the engine.} 6. Nxe5 Bb4 7. Bd2
Bxc3 8. Bxc3 d4 9. Bd2 Nxe5 {The ‘hard’ part about such games is winning as
quickly as possible. I mean no disrespect to my opponent, but I don’t want to
play this game for 40 moves. I figured the best way forward would be to use my
Queen and pick up as much material as possible.} 10. fxe5 Qh4+ 11. g3 Qe4 12.
Rg1 Qxc2 13. e3 Qxb2 14. exd4 Qxa1 15. Bd3 Qxd4 16. Rg2 Qxd3 {For those
counting, that’s SEVEN consecutive moves with the Queen.} 17. Nc3 Bh3 18. Rf2
O-O-O {18…Rc8 is slighly better, but it doesn’t give White the chance to
lose in one move, either.} (18… Rc8 {threatens a combo on c3, for instance}
19. a4 Rxc3 20. Bxc3 Qxc3+ 21. Rd2 {and here I’d even consider playing} Qxd2+
22. Kxd2 {with the simple idea that it’s easier to win without his Rook than
with his Queen. This is a good idea for blitz if you’re ever up a lot of
material.}) 19. Rxf7 Qxd2# {Nothing too remarkable here, but it was my first
game back to chess! Yeah for historical value!} 0-1

There you go, and I promise, there’ll be more interesting games coming in the next few weeks!

3 thoughts on “Game 1: Getting Back to Chess

  1. Gringo

    On move 2 …c5, would you have moved Nc6 instead of a pawn move? Did you move because you have a concrete opening idea and I am just using general principles from GMPU?

  2. JP Post author

    2…Nc6 is a possible move, but it doesn’t really have a plan. What’s the Knight going to do? It can’t attack d4, and White has firm control over e5.

    Tarrasch said back in the day, you don’t want to block your c-pawn in closed openings. It comes down to the centre (remember the principle of the centre?). c5 puts more pressure on the centre, and that’s why I prefer it.

  3. Gringo

    You have a point. Since the Knight can’t really attack the d4 pawn it’s not really an attacking move, even though it gives the illusion of being one.

    1. Centre
    2. c-pawn direct attack & pressure
    3. Not blocking own c-pawn

    Thanks. I learned something.


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