Just Completed my first FIDE rated tournament . And 12 years after my last USCF rated tournament .http://www.uschess.org/assets/msa_joomla/XtblMain.php?201909023492.1-13459254
Finished +2=3-1 , gained 30 USCF rating points , based on the rating estimators performance rating was 2224 , ruing the missed chances that resulted in draws. Copied the games , need to play lot more games than now , conversion seems to be big problem . Hopefully GM Avetik will see the games and give some feedback . In One Benko game I fought very hard and got winning position at the very end missed a tactic and threw the win to settle for draw. Last round again got very promising position with white ( against Marvin Dandridge ) but then took wrong decision and settle for draw , I knew I outplayed him in the opening but at crucial moment took wrong decision to settle for draw.
Got to know Kevin Ho as he was playing too.
It's high time to reveal the WINNERS of August Challenge!
?"The Best game of August" goes to Anastasis Koukas with his Qh6 amazing Queen sacrifice!
?"The Best game with ChessMood Openings" goes to Jay Garrison for his 3 nice games!
?"The Champion of August" goes to Kevin Ho who raised his rating most in August, 139 points!
?"The Heroes of August" are Brad Pevehouse and Matt Hammons for their contribution!
Congratulations to all the Winners!
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What do people think about these lines for black in QGA??
1d4 d5 2.c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 e3 Bg4! 5 bc4 e6 if 6. Qb3 Bxf3 7. Gxf3 c5! Qxb7 nbd7 9dxc5 Bxc5 10f4 o-o 11Nc3NB6 12Bb3 Nbd5 13 Nxd5 Nxd5 14 Bd2 Rb8 15 qa6 and qf6!? Keeping tension.
If 6.h3 Bh5 7. Qb3 Bxf3 8. Gxf3 c5 9. Qxb7 Nbd7
If 6nbd2 then a6 7o-o Nc6 8.b3 Bd6 9.Bb2 0-0 10 h3 Bh5 11.Be2 Qe7
To add or as alternative to Benko. You sac material, open lines, active pieces!!! Same as Benko but less to learn....?
If 1d4 d5 2. C4 dxc4 3. E4!! Nc6! 4. Nf3 Nf6!!
Lines from Delchev and Semkos book Understanding QGA.
It was a little hard to understand you in today’s lecture about when opponent has the initiative. What were the rules again? I tried to watch the replay but still had some trouble understanding you.
It sounded like you said change game force? I got the exchange pieces.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Qf6 5. Nf3 Bc5 6. Nc3 Nd4 7. Nd5 Nxf3+ 8. Qxf3 Qxf3
Is what we played. Should I have played 6.Bg5?
If 6. Bg5 isn’t b2 hanging or is there trap?
And yes I messed up by not capturing...Nxf3 with pawn on g2. This was not my best game I was a little intemidated by my opponent rating and also ended up playing real-time both I shouldn’t have done.