Sunday, 1 January 2012

Australian Reserves Day 5

Day 5 (and round 5) of the Australian Reserves saw me steal another draw from a poor position, this time against Alistair Anderson. This moves me to 3.5/5 in the tournament, which leaves me a little behind the leaders, but still in contention for a decent finish.
I was slightly worse out of the opening & compounded this problem by playing 15...c5, closing the centre rather than taking on d5 & attacking down the c-file. Thankfully for me, Alistair played 31.b4, rather than the more direct 31.g5 & I was able to create problems with my queen, which may not have been enough to draw, but at least scared Alistair into accepting my draw offer while he was short of time.

3.5/5 isn't too bad for the first part of the tournament, particularly considering how poorly I have actually played in some of the games. Hopefully I can turn this around in the second part of the tournament & get 2012 off to a great start!


  1. Always good to steal points when playing horribly, although I think round 3 was the bigger steal!