Saturday, October 04, 2008

A Little Preparation

I play regularly in the Marshall Chess Club's Thursday-night open. Once of the nice things about it is that, although the pairings aren't done in advance, you usually have a fairly good idea of what they'll be.

A few weeks ago, I was lucky to draw a game against the Exchange Caro-Kann. Knowing that I'd probably be facing the same opponent this week, I spent a half-hour looking over the variation I wanted to play. It paid off, though the main factor was that my opponent was in unrecognizably bad form.

Here's the game:

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