Here’s a game from almost two years ago when I’d been playing in adult long play tournaments for less than a year. Up to that point I’d struggled to hold my own in the bottom section but this was the start of a surge forwards. The following summer I won Minor sections at Heywood and then Manchester and was ready to move up to the Majors.
My dad showed me the Caro-Kann so I could learn more about pawn play and avoid the tricky lines White has after 1.e4 e5. In this game I got a broad pawn centre with …f6 and …e5 which helped push White’s pieces back, then afterwards I got a winning sacrifice on g3: