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My Best Chess Games, Part Two: Flipping the Switch

If I had to be honest, most of my chess games are unremarkable.  Usually one side makes a silly mistake, losing a pawn or a piece, and then the other side takes advantage and wins rather simply.  This is how most chess games work.  We like to think it’s because of smashing attacks and beautiful play, but usually it’s a simple blunder.  That’s okay, a win is a win, but it’s hard to call something like that one of your ‘best’ games.

Back in September I covered perhaps my best chess game, one where I obtain a perfect positional bind and then creatively opened lines for a mating attack even without Queens.  It’s original, in an unusual opening, and it was a lot of fun.  Completely different from most of my chess games, and the computer confirmed that most of my play was near optimal.  That makes me happy.

Today is something completely different: a game where I do not play accurately; in fact, I play based on emotion, basically saying ‘screw it, I feel like attacking now,’ and amazingly it worked! Continue reading