Game Spotlight: NCC Closed Tournament 4

Continuing our survey of interesting games from the NCC Closed Championship, here’s an example of a nontraditional opening strategy that turns into an unbalanced endgame.


One of the more underrated endgame skills is knowing your role.  Which is to say, are you playing for a win or a draw?  Black’s entire endgame hinged on understanding his role, at first needing to push for a win, and then needing to play for a draw.  Playing for the wrong thing at the wrong time was what led to Black losing.

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