ChessDojo Round Robin – Rd 2

During this whole COVID-19 mess I made the decision to change up some openings and while it’s going pretty well I’m not sure that I’d be ready to venture them in an OTB game. The ChessDojo Round Robin Tournament felt like a good place to try out my new 1.d4 repertoire at OTB time controls though. Round 2 was the first round I had white and the opening didn’t go as well as it should have, but I managed to get a good position and find a way to decide the game in an entertaining way.

Some takeaways from this game:
1.) Prepare more. I unsuspectingly walked into a major opening and wasn’t prepared for it.
2.) Don’t panic! In response to being in unfamiliar waters I decided to play safe, simple moves which helped me reach a good position.
3.) Think more. I still need take more time to consider moves/plans. I ended this game with about an hour still on the clock. While I think I took my time in key moments, I maybe didn’t take enough for some phases (such as the opening).

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