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+0 game against a player rated 2008 on Chess.com. In a game that starts life as a Nimzo-Larsen Attack (1.b3) and evolves into the Hippopotamus Defense (a flexible setup that’s mainly characterized by keeping pawns back on the third/sixth ranks), I grab ample space and prepare a pawn break. This setup can be frustrating to face with either color, so remember to prepare a pawn break (usually somewhere along the c to f-file) and aim for two points of contact!
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