My victory against a grandmaster from Portugal.

A tough game, where I was defending for a while. I had a nice advantage, actually, I believe for a good portion of the game, once my opponent decided to capture the pawn on c4. But things sort of went a little awry due to time pressure. This is, after all, a 3 minute game. Full of errors. Which is what you must expect. However, overall, I am pretty satisfied with this win.

Part 2 of my video series on playing the Caro Kann.

My draw against a grandmaster. This video should provide some insight on how to handle the black pieces in the #CaroKanndefense, particularly when coming under a fierce kingside attack.

There were chances for both sides. I feel white may have overlooked a critical opportunity to play for a win when he had a chance to send a rook to my 7th rank, creating real pressure on my queenside pawns. However, overall, I was satisfied with my play. Though I am sure this game deserves to be analyzed to determine the best course for both sides.

 

A win in the French Defense.

 

I imagine there are a number of guests here who are unfamiliar with the #Frenchdefense . A great system to use if you want to create some complications, and real chances for victory for black.

The French defense is rather stodgy. A semi closed opening, it never really opens up too much, as for example, in a double king pawn opening. It is more reminiscent of a turtle, hiding in it’s shell, waiting for you to get your hand too close…before you end up losing a finger! A snapping turtle!

I have added a game where I employ the black pieces in a #Frenchdefense , #advanced variation. (The name advanced is used because white advances his king pawn early to e5, thus creating a strong point from which to attack black’s king.)

Often, it is said, it is best to avoid doubling your pawns. Allowing pawns to be stacked, one atop the other, usually creates problems for your pawn’s mobility. 100% true! However, the pawns, when doubled, can defend certain key squares, provide open lanes for the rooks, and can even offer some support squares for a bishop…perhaps.

The point being…never become dogmatic in chess, as in life. When someone says “You can’t do this. Or you can’t do that.” You really have to ask “why?” If they don’t give you a reasonable, sound explanation to your liking, then I would suggest you keep an open mind to ideas about what you CAN and CANNOT do in life. Just about every rule in physics, for example, has to be re examined ever so often as new developments are occurring all the time. New developments which help to re write text books. So never abandon an idea…just because someone said it won’t work. Prove it for yourself. In this case, well, doubled pawns are sorta bad…but they offer some positives as well.

That concludes that short lesson. If you wish to learn more, just sign up for a lesson. THANKS!

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Kofi Tatum

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My draw against an International Master from Chile.

Alas. A game which should’ve been won. However, I am playing on this website which shows advertisements all the time. The advertisements, with my poor connection, cause an awesome amount of lag in my games. I can barely even move the pieces when I am in a time scramble. Alas, the result was a drawn game when I have an extra queen and plenty of time to checkmate. Sorry, guys. I hope to have better luck next time around.

 

A Draw I obtained against a grandmaster.

I am looking over this game, using my analysis engine. Of course, it's often difficult to find the best move in a blitz game of 3 minutes. However, my instinct told me that the endgame was winning for me.

Maybe one of my guests can point out the best choice for black in the endgame. My hunch says I should have pushed BOTH my king side pawns in order to play for a win. What say you?

My most recent game. Sort of toasted this player.

In this game, i decided to play a Queen’s gambit declined, with the black pieces, against the typical English opening move order.

My opponent, likely a master or IM level player from Russia, seemed to get a little mixed up in the opening. Very strange decision to play the move h3?! on move 5.

You guys can have a look at this game. I really look forward to getting some input, some ideas from my guests.