of life's finer pleasures: poetry, a well-played game of chess, and a wild trout
hitting a hand-tied fly."
are a few games where my play was tolerable:
John vs. Wulebgr
simul the IM performed 26-2-2. I had a clear chance to win this game at
two different points, blowing both.
game, my opponent told me this was the first game he failed to win playing
the black side against the King’s Gambit. I sacrificed a rook to force a
draw from an inferior position.
opponent made a slight inaccuracy in the opening, I became aggressive. His
solid play created a crisis where I (surprisingly) found the right move.
He then missed the win in a KR vs. K3P endgame.
Gambit found a hole in my opponent’s opening preparation, propelling me
to a new personal high rating on USCL. Hiarcs 9 annotated the game for me.
effort with the Marshall Attack might have been more successful if I had
continued with the courage of my convictions. Still, I finished the Closed
Spanish thematic with an even score against some tough opponents.
King’s Gambit is a powerful weapon. Black might get away with one
inaccuracy, but not two if the white player knows how to apply pressure.