My Son's Chess Corner

About Me

I am a year 8 secondary school student and I have been playing chess for 4 years, online and in a club. I have taken place in many tournaments, including Lorin D'Costa's Invitational, placing 2nd in my group, 1st at the Delancey Schools' Chess Challenge Megafinals and scoring 4/6 at the Gigafinals. Currently, my Rapid play grade is 117.
Here I am pictured with GM Hikaru Nakamura at the London Chess Classics last year.

Notable Win

Here is a position from one of my games, I was playing with the White pieces, and after a Berlin Defense, we came to this position on move seven. I deviated from the main line, going for a more aggressive and unequal approach, leading to a small advantage for me.

Comparing Development

The game then went on without a major commitment until this point at move 14, where all the minor pieces were developed. I went more aggressive, controlling more space via the pawn on d4. Meanwhile, my opponent stayed more on the defense, playing for a better endgame where his pieces would prove to be stronger than mine. After my opponent's questionable 11...Nf5 followed by 12...f6 and 13...Nd6, I took the opportunity to gain space with the newly available 14.Nec5.

The Breakthrough

Following the last position, I quickly took a lead in momentum and major piece development, proceeding to gain space with 16.Ne6 and 17.Rxe6. This position arose on move 18, following Black's 17...Qd7. I played the powerful 18.Qb3, threating the huge Rxe8+, winning the Queen and consequently, the game. No matter what Black would play, Qb3 still netted me a large advantage, unleashing my back rank Rook to support from afar.

The Winning Move

At this point, I knew I was going to walk away with the win, leading to my descision to go for the safe but brutal 21.Ne6+. This move alone won me an exchange or the Queen, for example, if Black played 21...Kf7 or 21...Ke7, then 22.Nc5+ wins the Queen in exchange for a Knight. This forced Black into playing either Rxe6, which was played over the board, or Kg8, accepting checkmate or the loss of the Bishop and possibly more.

The Short Endgame

The final stretch of the game was a simple forced sequence of exchanges: 21...Rxe6 22. Qxe6 Qxe6 23. Rxe6 Bxg3 24. hxg3 Re8 25. Rae1 Rxe6 26. Rxe6 Nd6 27. Kf1 Kf7, ending up with an extra exchange. However, the Rook was much stronger than the Knight with Black's linear Queenside pawn structure, leading to a resignation at the position shown.

The Whole Game

1. e4 e5  2. Nf3 Nc6  3. Bb5 Nf6  4. O-O Nxe4  5. Re1 Nd6  6. Bxc6 dxc6  7. Nxe5 Be7  8. d4 O-O  9. c3 Be6  10. Bf4 Re8  11. Nd2 Nf5  12. Ne4 f6  13. Nd3 Nd6  14. Nec5 Bc8  15. Bg3 b6  16. Ne6 Bxe6  17. Rxe6 Qd7  18. Qb3 Kf8  19. Re2 Nf5  20. Nf4 Bd6  21. Ne6+ Rxe6  22. Qxe6 Qxe6  23. Rxe6 Bxg3  24. hxg3 Re8  25. Rae1
Rxe6  26. Rxe6 Nd6  27. Kf1 Kf7.

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