I played a provisionally rated player, 1397 or so, as Black. He played a gambit, not even sure of it’s name, 1.d4 d5, then 2.e4. It was an exciting game with many possibilities, but it turned out that I basically held on for the win. Here is the game.
It’s remarkable that he had a winning combination for a couple moves – if he had played RxB on f5 a move or two earlier, he would have won the piece! Both of us tracked Crafty’s analysis quite well after that. He is a lot stronger than his rating, and I’m surprised at how well his attack could have worked – never saw his combo.
I missed quite a few combinations of my own that were winning. A curious move is that after 8.Ne5, black has …Bxc, and if QxB, then …Qxd+ followed by QxN. If I find and play the tactics, I should be able to win the won games sooner.
I looked at …e5, …e4 (forking), but didn’t calculate that right, was thinking he’d play Qxe, but my queen is protected so I could respond exN. Definitely needed this win to steady myself after so many losses and reckless plans of my own.
1799 -> 1802
I’ve studied tactics from this game and am visualizing the board better now. I have prepared a couple openings too, an anti-Winnawer for the French and the Fantasy variation against the Caro-Kahn.