Facing a 2362 lichess Classical opponent, I head for a quirky variation against the Neo-Grunfeld that is a favorite of Bosnian Grandmaster Predrag Nikolić (7.Na3!?). In the initial phases of the game both players suffer from sub-optimally placed minor pieces, but I’m able to grab space with my pawns and bring the game to a low boil as time begins to dwindle. At a critical moment I’m presented with the opportunity to trade my queen for two rooks, which plunges the game into heavy complications!
Review this game on lichess.org: https://lichess.org/2o8GQbdDLcn4
Follow me on Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/johnbartholomew
Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/fins0905
Add me as a friend on Chess.com: https://www.chess.com/member/fins0905?ref_id=1761842
My 100 Endgames You Must Know Course on Chessable: https://www.chessable.com/100-endgames-you-must-know/course/5193/?ref=jbrl
My London System (1.d4 and 2.Bf4) Course on Chessable: https://www.chessable.com/the-london-system-essential-theory/course/15820/?ref=jbrl
The Checkmate Patterns Manual (with CraftyRaf): https://www.chessable.com/the-checkmate-patterns-manual/course/17841/
My Scandinavian Course (1.e4 d5) on Chessable: https://www.chessable.com/book/im-john-bartholomews-scandinavian/79/?ref=jbrl
I offer private online chess lessons. Navigate to my “About” section, and then click on “For business inquiries” to reveal my email address.
Recommended chess books and equipment:
1950 Dubrovnik reproduction set (Bobby Fischer’s favorite!) on Chess Bazaar: https://www.chessbazaar.com/the-repro… You can use coupon code JOHN30 for 30% off!
Wood board: https://amzn.to/2H9iATl
Tune Your Chess Tactics Antenna: https://amzn.to/2xJ2auH
Amateur to IM: https://amzn.to/2Dph3IG
Life and Games of Mikhail Tal: https://amzn.to/2zq741X