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My Most Important Chess Game

This is my best chess game; it is my worst chess game.  It features beautiful tactics; it features devastating blunders.  It’s a positional masterpiece; it’s a positional clusterbomb.  I won this game; I lost this game.  It shows how close I am to chess masterhood; it shows how far I still need to go.

This following chess game is probably the most important one I’ve ever played in terms of my own chess development.  If I ever get a chance to write a book of my own games, this will be number one.  It is my whole chess persona in a nutshell.

I’ve written about this game before: here and here and here.  I’ve never analyzed it.  I’ve been afraid, afraid that I really did play 20 perfect moves and then threw it all away in one moment of … I don’t even know what to call it.  Overconfidence?  Blindness?  Stupidity?  A subconscious tendency towards self-destruction?

This game was played back in April.  My opponent was a Fide Master with an official OTB rating of 2300.  I have an online rating of 2000.  I should have been destroyed … and instead I played the game of my life, in every way possible.  Let’s take a look. Continue reading