Back to OTB-Chess!

The situation in Denmark has, for now, allowed chess to be played under very normal conditions. There is a maximum of 50 players in the playing hall, and there are hand sanitizers placed strategically. A pair of players decided to play with two tables between them and one player played with a mask on. Other than that some of the veterans of my club decided to sit out. But when you can go to a pub or go to play contact sports in Denmark, then I don’t see a reason why Chess should be played in a vacuum.

Not sure if I’m taking a nap or just in very deep focus

After the game, I asked Twitter if I made a wrong judgment out of the opening in the depicted position

From the comments, it’s clear that I should have taken towards the center with bxc6. Here follows the game with my annotations:

A pretty good start to the season to get a draw against a 1990 with black. My opponent also played the game with a 98.5 accuracy, which often results in a loss. did’t notice any inaccuracies in my play even though there was moves that could have been better.

In the next round, tomorrow, I have White against a 1930 rated player.

Caught a cheater, learned about the Alapin, and a cool Kramnik game!

I played two games yesterday. The first one was against a cheater that seemed to play his games by only turning the engine on when he ended up in problems. It actually got me steaming a bit. Normally I don’t get bothered by cheaters, but since I invested about 45 minutes on the game it got to me.
However, there are still some lessons to learn from the game, and I missed a great tactical shot. In regards to opening theory I discovered what the Alapin is.

My reaction after the game. My opponent is now banned by Lichess
I was Black and missed a good chance here..

Game against cheater

In my second game I played black again, this time against a honest opponent who was eager to get a draw!

I played on..

Matthew Sadler vs Vladimir Kramnik (model game)

Playing the Sicilian Gone Wrong

Besides learning to play d4-c4 probably I will also try to play the Sicilian. I have picked up the Sort&Sweet Four Knight Sicilian on Chessable since it is a bit relatable to the French with e6. However, in this game I completely messed up the move order. Good thing was that I managed to save it!

It did not go as planned. More practice is needed!