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    Round 6

    January 27, 2008 • General

    Greetings! So today I will blog because I am not actually on the verge of committing suicide. Yesterday I played a perfectly solid Alekhine and simply got careless trying too hard to win. Alas, this seems to happen too often to me here in Gibraltar (Efimenko 2005). Anyway onto today where things were slightly better, I guess? I actually did not really study any chess today before my round as I wanted to clear my mind after the disaster yesterday. The opening today against Caspi was a Center Counter/Scandinavian with 3…Qd6 and 4…c6. I had a solid advantage out of the opening, but somewhere around move 20 I started to misplay it and achieved a slightly worse position! Fortunately, I had a significant time advantage and my opponent started erring around move 28. 1 win down, 4 to go!

    2 Comments

    1. FirebrandX

      Geat job on the win today! I did post my thoughts on the game in the previous blog entry, but here’s what I posted:

      “In round 6, Isreal Caspi employed the Qd6 Scandinavian with c6 instead of Nc6 (c6 has become increasingly popular as g3-Bg2 is really powerful against Nc6). At any rate, Caspi spent a lot of time carefully gaining a better position against Nakamura, but then came time trouble issues and Caspi crumbled starting with 28… Bg5? allowing Nakamura to get double threats in with the queen after 29. Qb3! After that, Caspi’s blitz moves gave up more and more material until Nakamura’s b-pawn was going to queen and win.

      Great play by Nakamura taking advantage of Caspi’s innaccurate moves during time trouble! I bet it feels good to get a win in again after the dissapointing loss in round 5.”

    2. FirebrandX

      Just want to add my apologies for misspelling of Israel’s name. My goof!

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