In this continuation of the “Climbing the Rating Ladder” series I take on players of various ratings levels while pointing out typical mistakes and spots for improvement along the way (possibly my own!? :)). Here I commentate a 10+5 game against a player rated 1088 on Chess.com. Black (another viewer!) chooses a savvy move order in the Queen’s Gambit Declined (1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Be7 and a quick …Bf5), but gives me a bit of a jumpstart on a kingside attack by means of 9.h4, threatening to trap the bishop. Though I castle queenside with the intent to attack on the kingside, the battle soon shifts to the center.
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