My Biggest Swindle Ever
In my fifth round I started with a terrible blunder in the opening. I cannot be proud of this game even though I won at last. It is only because my opponent helped. First he let me come back into the game, and then it was his turn to blunder a piece.
The game is quite wild and entertaining, presenting this nice list of tactical motifs, in order of appearance:
- Gambit of center pawn
- Bishop sac on f7 (a big blunder)
- Center pawn sac
- Rook fork
- Relative pin of Knight on rank
- Absolute pin of Knight on file
- Absolute pin of Knight on diagonal
- Relative pin of pawn on file
- Absolute pin of Bishop on rank (only in a sideline)
- Relative pin of Knight on diagonal
- Discovered check winning the Exchange
- Removal of the Guard (guard swap, only in a sideline)
Lesson to be learned: Once again opening tactics, use more time and count the pieces! And a second one: Never give up as long as you have counterplay! You even may win!