I enjoyed my games in the Rapidplay Championship and the KO event even though every round brought hard work against tough opponents (I have junior chess stars Jessica and Evie to thank for the round-by-round pairings).
The highly competitive nature of the games brought out many good moves and ideas but the occasional blunder or missed opportunity was always waiting in the wings, ready for an instant appearance at the most inopportune of moments.
Here are a few of the opportunities I missed in this year's Project 30 games.
The first example is from round one of the KO tournament.
|David Baillie - SM|
Black to play
However, I thought it would be a good time to simplify the position, to reduce the potential for any tactical counterblows and to head for a steady endgame win.
32 ...Rxe5 33 dxe5 Qxe5
|White to play|
The answer will be given tomorrow.