Black against the chess engine Chess System Tal 2 was no walk in the park.
Game 1 was difficult enough although I managed to save that game from a worse position.
In game 2 I actually had a better position at some point, but mis-timed my critical break and allowed Chess System Tal to take over.
Chess Engine – Chess System Tal 2 vs Brendan J. Norman
In the game I avoided by beloved Najdorf and instead played a Classical Sicilian, which is a little safer against an opponent of this calibre.
10…Qc7 allowed the computer to double my pawns for which I got the bishop pair and an open g-line and then my pawn sacrifice 12…0-0-0! gave me domination of the dark squares.
So far so good.
Chess System Tal defended well with cautious moves like 15.Rd3! and 17.Qf2 and this is when a weakness in my chess (which I’ll now work hard to remedy) revealed itself.
New Weakness Revealed:
When an opponent defends well, I often lash out with undisciplined moves and miss chances to just quietly improve my position. Well…being aware of and admitting a weakness is already 50% of the cure. 🙂
In this game, I played 18…d5?! too impulsively and later missed the chance to play 22…Rgd8 23.Be2 Rxd5 24.cxd5 and 24…Rc5!.
The rook and minor piece ending was essentially hopeless, although I must admit that Chess System Tal’s conversion was very nice and human-like, especially the lovely 36.Re1-e5-b5 manoeuvre.
Here’s the game and below it you’ll find a brief video analysis I did for you.
Enjoy and I’ll see you soon fellas. 😉