Thank you very much Gatecrasher.
The idea of a prize inspired me to do far more research than I ever have before. There are two games of which I am particularly proud.
Against Smiffy in Game 2504030
I played Rxf4 with confidence; sacrificing the exchange after seeing how it exposed his king to my light squared bishop (the french bishop) and how my pawn mass controlled the center.
is my best game on RHP to date. 10 ... Qa5 is a line of the french defense that is widely considered to be busted, and with good reason. However I varied from the standard play in that line with Qxc2+ giving up on recovering my rook.
In his 2001 boot French Winawer
Neil McDonald analysis this ultra sharp line with black ending up down an exchange for a pawn and some compensation based on pawn control of the center. He immediately follows that up by saying that in his early years he thought this was good enough, but as he has aged, he has grown more materialistic. I looked at the resulting position and figured it was playable, but losing.
Since my database didn't have any games progressing down the "right" path, I decided to see if Taavo could find his way through. He went astray almost immediately, at which point McDonald gave me one more move and expected me to find the rest. The rest of the game was centered around developing my pieces faster than Taavo could defend.
The key to winning the endgame came when I saw that 24 ... QxQ, RxQ, Bc2, Rc1, and my bishop is immune from capture due to backrank threats allowing me to push the pawn.
I will post the fully annotated games with more specifics when I get home from work.
Kudos to Marcoli User 209945
who single handedly kept me from having my ego decimated in the third round. 🙂
I haven't decided between Hiarcs and Fritz 10 yet. I like the idea of a more human style of play from Hiarcs, but I'm curious if it has all the same features as fritz (sparring mode, access to playchess etc.).