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Throughout the week I have been looking forward to my first 45/45 tournament game of the New Year. I got up early to play. My opponent opened his year right by promptly punishing me for my dubious play. I got schooled in this game and there may be some instructive moments for you Up-and-Comers out there. For those of you who enjoy beat downs and car crashes—you’ll like this too...
FWIW, when I played 11.e4 I was toying with the idea of of trapping your bishop. 11...Ne8 removes a guard from d5. I would have played 12.d5.
If 12...cxd5, then 13 cxd5. If 13...Bxc3, 14. Rc1 pinning it to your queen.
11 ... Ne8! I like it! I was totally blind to the discovery there. Never even crossed my mind. Thanks!!
Yea, this is an interesting game. I like the analysis, giving the thought process of each move. Really helps to find out where you went wrong. I also think it's great you're humble enough to post these types of games :) I agree with liking Nbd7 on move 6 more. Looking at it, playing Be6 and Qa5 sure you're probing for weaknesses but I'm not sure you're doing much with them. Especially with Qa5. When playing these types of moves I try to ask myself: if I make this move to get a weakness is it an enduring one that I can take advantage of? If I'm going to have to move back, I've moved this piece twice. If he defends with a piece, is it worse placed than it was before? Good idea though if you could take advantage of the temporarily weak d- pawn.Also, I'm not sure your position is as bad as you think on move 11. Clearly white is much better, but bishop pair might not be as big of a deal as you think here. the light squared bishop is weak anyway and you get doubled pawns but you're also opening the file for your rook. I don't know what the best move is here but I like maybe Ne8 threatening the d4 pawn which is much more valuable than your doubled pawn. And it opens up both your bishop and rook. I think it might even give you enough time for Rf7 and Nf8 defending the pawn and improving your rook
Great write-up! I was reviewing the game myself yesterday. I'm mostly satisfied with my play, although I lost focus halfway through, choosing safe, easy moves rather than looking for the strong ones -- which might have cost me. I admired your perseverance in a tight, tough spot.The KI Fianchetto Variation has a venerable history, as exemplified by Bronstein's famous Zurich 1953 text. I like that the Fianchetto Variation is a solid positional choice which provides extra defense against Black's characteristic kingside attack. I used to play the KID and I have much respect for the Black attack.I also used to be an exclusive e4 player. I've recently returned to chess after a 40-year hiatus and am having fun trying new lines. Since I opened d4 against you, I didn't want to transpose to the Pirc.The classic Black response to the Fianchetto is Nbd7/c6/d6/e5 with Qb6, Qc7 or Qe7. There is a Black c6/Qa5 system but not with Be6. b3 is part of a standard configuration in the Fianchetto. The idea, in addition to supporting c4, is for White to gradually remove targets from Black's bishop on the a1/h8 diagonal. Also, White usually plays for queenside expansion in the KID.I was surprised you gave up the pawn with 13.Kh8. I expected e5. I was as happy to win the pawn as to station my bishop on e6.It would have been somewhat better for me to take the exchange with 21.Bxc8, but not that much better IMO. The queen wins a pawn and takes a commanding central position. 23.f4 was a weak consolidating move. Attacking the backward e2 pawn with Bg5, for instance, would have been better. I was ahead and trying to cut off counterplay and steer the game into an easy win, however inelegant, which is the story of the second half of the game. 34.Rf7 and 38.Bxb6 were sloppy, inferior moves. Luckily I had a sufficient lead to get away with them.My takeaway from the game is to keep looking for good moves even when I'm ahead.You're a good guy, 'Dog. I'm glad to have met you. I enjoyed your post about memorizing the board. (I'm trying to do so by memorizing all the diagonals.) I wish you well in your studies.
Very instructional, thanks for sharing.
Agreed, but I think I really went wrong with move 8, or even earlier when I moved the Bishop. Should have done the standard kind of ... Nbd7, ... Re8, see what happens, could go ... Nf8 or ... Rc8 at some point, or ... Nh6, ... Nc7, kind of plan. The Bishop on the h8-a1 diagonal was throwing me. I checked the Explorer database and there are no games that show Qa5--so that suggests an inferior move. Interestingly, Be6 was there where I played it, though it's not a top choice. Plenty of games where White fianchettos like here--I just just don't remember running into a game like that for this defense.
Yes, 13...e5 was the way to go.
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