Gelfand played this a4-a5 followed by Qb3-b6! The knight is heading towards a5.
White’s King in da House.
Playing 1. e4 for 20 years I was switching to closed games. I find them more sustainable and more subtle. Starting 1. d4 & 2. c4 initially I found it better to insert an early 1. or 2. Nf3. Now experimenting with some Reti stuff, delaying d4 ad ultimo. :)
My pawn ate his pawn illegally - that’s why he probably resigned immediately! :D
Delaying castling against the Sämisch is a pet line of mine, inspired by old master GM Mihai Suba. So first Nc6, a6, Rb8 like the Modern Treatment, omitting or delaying 0-0.
1/0/0, went relatively smooth.
Some lines are just unplayable a tempo down, like the typical Nge2-c1-b3:
Just for fun, certainly not "correct".
The thematic 6.Qe2 was an inaccuracy... Reti is a rather subtle approach. Playing everything, except d4 and e4. ;)
ACPL 12, 1/0/0
A nice tactic in-between, took me some time:
Blitz, I was white, 0/0/0 ACPL 8 or 9
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