Here is the first game from the tournament (G/55, 5 sec delay). I had White, and it went into a Benoni. I misplaced a couple pieces in the opening, but still ended up with a decent position.
At the end, I had all his pieces cramped up on the queenside, and I started dreaming of a kingside attack (roll the pawns, swing the rooks over). Problem is that I missed that his Qc7 cleared the b6 square for his knight to come in and his queenside pawns just ran me down. If I play b3 there, I'm totally fine.
Questions (other thoughts welcome of course!):
- After 12 ... a6, pros/cons for immediately reacting with 13. a4?
- Anything better than liquidating the minor pieces after 17 ... Ne5?
- Shredder didn't like my 24. Qc4. I was worried that he was going to sac a pawn with 24 ... c4 in order to get that beautiful c5 square for his knight, and he'd probably control the c-file as well. Was that really a "threat", and what should I have done there?
- What should the plan be after I go back in time and play 26. b3 like I should have?
I'm not too disappointed in this game, really. I got a decent position against a player 250 points higher than me, from a totally unfamiliar opening (I don't study openings hardly at all, and almost never see the Benoni). Going over it afterward, he didn't seem particularly happy with his position until I screwed up with g4, so that's comforting at least.
Opening notes from Richard Palliser's "Play 1. d4!".