After last week’s draw, I figured that I would get paired against one of the kids. Rhy’s looks like he’s maybe seven years old, but of course all kids quickly rise in rating to a more sensible level.
This past weekend, Rhys’ rating went up from 731 to 955, and he has already beaten a 1600 player this month as well, not yet rated.
Anyway, here is the Game.
Naturally, my play wasn’t the best, but it was sufficient. I felt that my 8.d5 move was not the best, and perhaps should have stuck with my first guess of 8.e5. Actually, best is to 0-0 and get Black to push a pawn in the center first; Black does not have a desirable position to commit anything from.
I pretty much knew that 9.cxd5 was best because my queen has issues on the e-file, and I’d prefer to see the c-file opened, keeping the center pawns on the board, but yes, I cracked a little looking for a cheap win and bingo! I got one.
I was happy to see 11…BxNc3?? as this solved all of the problems of my position, and I quickly realized that after 12.BxBc3 that Black has no good moves and is completely busted on the spot. After the game, I told him that he should have played 11…c6 instead, chipping away at d5 here is thematic and what I was most worried about.
I have to credit Rhys for playing the tricky 12…Re8?, but here Fruit says 13.Qe4 is +5.
I finished the game with 55 minutes on the clock to his 66, so it was almost exactly one hour for the game, and I stayed on pace with the clock, budgeting 2 minutes per move figuring that I needed to get to move 30 with 30 minutes remaining.