Paul and I are currently doing a lot of “mate in x” puzzles. One of our jokes is that instead of wishing our opponent a good game, we will switch to You will be mated. Well, for today’s STTourney it could have worked. As usual I played the Scandinavian as Black and quickly got a good position. My opponent was a little bit careless with his pawns and later missed a mate in 2. But this is not the whole story – I allowed a nasty tactic myself, a typical mistake by pinning the knight to the queen while still having an uncastled king. Fortunately my opponent missed his chance.
This is the end of this month’s STTourney, I have improved my result by winning 2 games and, more important, I have learnt something from my two losses against stronger players. Of course I want to win the U1700 section one day but what I really love is the chance to face better players.
The rest of the week I will play less and spend more time on my training.