Now that you know who I am and what my goals are, here are some of my favorite games that I have played since 2011.
Steincamp – Kulkarni (Eastern Open 2011)
Queen’s Gambit Declined
1. c4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. Be2 Nh5 8. Bg3 Nxg3 9. hxg3 h6 10. Qc2 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Nc6 12. O-O-O cxd4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Rxd4 Qc7 15. Bb3 Qc6 16. Rg4 e5 17. Rg6 Qxg2 18. Rgxh6 gxh6 19. Qg6+ Kh8 20. Rxh6# 1-0
I played this game back before I broke 1600, but I still like how I went about playing this game. This game is memorable for me because it was one of the first times that I had successful calculated a rook sacrifice. Instead of 15… Qc6, had black tried 15… e5? (which is not a good move by the way) 16. Rxh6 gxh6 17. Qg6+ Kh8 18. Qxh6+ Kg8 19. Bc2! and mate cannot be stopped. While now, I would have tried to find better moves for black, I still think its nice to find such a tactical idea in a tournament.
Steincamp – Burgess (Virginia Closed Championships 2012)
King’s Indian: Fianchetto Systems
1. c4 Nf6 2. d4 d6 3. Nc3 g6 4. g3 Bg7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. e4 Nc6 7. Nge2 e5 8. d5 Ne7 9. O-O Nh5 10. f4 exf4 11. Nxf4 Nxf4 12. Bxf4 f5 13. Qd2 Rf7 14. Rae1 Qf8 15. e5 dxe5 16. Bxe5 Bxe5 17. Rxe5 Bd7 18. c5 f4 19. Rxf4 Rxf4 20. gxf4 Nf5 21. b4 Re8 22. Qe2 Kg7 23. Rxe8 Qxe8 24. Qe5+ Kh6 25. Ne4 Qf7 26. Nf6 Nh4 27. Qg5+ Kg7 1-0
This was my first ever win against a player rated 1900+. This was a good game for me because I played this opening for the first time, without any real knowledge of the theory (I had lost playing the main line as white earlier in the tournament). Using what I knew from the English, I got a good game and controlled the center.
Senft – Steincamp (Kingstowne Chess Fest 2013)
King’s Indian: Four Pawns Attack
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. f4 O-O 6. Nf3 c5 7. d5 Bg4 8. Bd3 e6 9. O-O exd5 10. cxd5 Ne8 11. Be3 Nd7 12. h3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 a6 14. a4 Nc7 15. Qg3 Rb8 16. a5 b5 17. axb6 Rxb6 18. Ra2 Qb8 19. Qf2 Rb3 20. Bxa6 Nxa6 21. Rxa6 Rxb2 22. Ne2 Qb5 23. Rxd6 Rxe2 24. Qf3 Rxe3 0-1
I think one of the reasons I liked this game so much was because for the longest time, I was scared of playing against the Four Pawns Attack. By playing the King’s Indian like a Benoni, Black neutralizes any threat of a central pawn push (e4–e5), and can easily find play on the b–file and h8–a1 diagonal.
Steincamp – Chrisney (Eastern Open 2013)
Nimzo Indian: Saemisch
1. c4 Nf6 2. d4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. a3 Bxc3+ 5. bxc3 O-O 6. f3 d6 7. e4 Nbd7 8. Bd3 e5 9. Ne2 c5 10. d5 Kh8 11. O-O Ng8 12. f4 Qe7 13. f5 Ndf6 14. Ng3 Bd7 15. Bg5 h6 16. Be3 Nh7 17. Qd2 Qh4 18. Nh1! Qe7 19. Rf3 Nhf6 20. Nf2 Rfb8 21. Rh3 Qf8 22. g4 Kh7 23. g5 Ne8 24. gxh6 g6 25. fxg6+ fxg6 26. Rf1 Nef6 27. Rf3 Qe7 28. Nh3 Bxh3 29. Rxh3 Rf8 30. Bg5 Qd7 31. Rhf3 Qg4+ 32. Qg2 Qxg2+ 33. Kxg2 Rf7 34. Bxf6 1-0
This game was a lot of fun for me. I don’t usually play the Saemisch lines, but I had tried 6. Bg5 in an earlier round and drew quickly. Seeing as I wanted to win this round, playing this dynamic line went into my favor when my opponent did not play the traditional queenside fianchetto to undermine the c4 pawn. Of all my games, this is my favorite because of 18. Nh1! with the plan of relocating to f2 and maybe g4, while giving my rook access to f3.
I’ll add more games as I play this summer. Feel free to comment or give suggestions, I am no Grandmaster!