Hey everyone, just wanted to let you know that I'm alive and kicking.
I was playing at the local club and a master has begun frequently appearing. I played a few blitz games with him. after losing a lot, he played a phildor's defence. seems relatively passive until he choked me to death and stormed all his pawns at me, where I ultimately fell into a mating net. Despite of it, he complimented me, saying "You played very well that game" My coach has also said that "I am finally learning to play"
I also played a casual game with my brother and spotted this awesome tactic in a flash.
Answer: 1.Qg6+! Qf7 (1... Kf8 Rd8#) 2.Rd8+! 1-0
Cool! All this training is paying off!