Today’s game was played on this day in 2000. I was living down in London at the time and this game was played in the London League. It’s not a particularly great game in terms of quality, quite the opposite in fact. Both sides made several significant mistakes during the course of a complicated middle game. However, when I looked at the game again recently I thought that one phase of it was quite instructive so I’m going to offer it to readers as a test of your calculation and judgement.
The game viewer below has all the moves in it but I’ve set it up to start at the first critical moment in the game. The viewer is in “Training mode” so that you won’t be able to see the next move until you forward the game on using the arrow keys below the board. This means that those of you who fancy exercising your little grey cells can analyse the position each time a question is posed and see if you can calculate and assess it better than me and my opponent did nearly 15 years ago. I have no doubt that most of you will but I think the exercise will still offer a little bit of a challenge even for stronger players.
If you don’t want to use the training mode but just want to play through the game then you can toggle in and out of “Training mode” by selecting the button with a ‘(…)’ on it (bottom right).
How did you get on? I’d be interested to know how easy or difficult readers found this. Did you spot an error in my analysis? I’m not perfect so please leave a comment if you think I missed something.