Knockout Knockabout

After last week’s quickplay games the season got off to a proper start with the first round of the knockout.  As luck would have it I found myself playing a new player to the club who recently moved to the area.

Alex is graded 165 so he is certainly not new to chess and we quickly reached a standard position. Early season imprecision allowed him to get the Bishop for Knight and I found myself in an uncomfortable position before the position broke open in my favour, winning a rook.