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Analyzing My Games #3

            The following game was played in round 4 of the Slow Swiss #2 tournament. My opponent was rated a little over 150 points higher than me, and I was expecting a tough game. We had previously met at the board twice before in quad #17 and both games pushed me to the limit of my ability. The same was true for this game as well, and it turned out to be a very instructive loss for me.

            The main lesson I took away from this game is the importance of central control of the board and the opportunities that arise from it. Being that I know almost nothing about playing against the English opening, I relied solely on some basic opening principles from the start. I tried to activate my pieces, get my king to safety, and control the center. I think I did pretty well for the first few moves, but eventually overestimated the stability of my pawn center and allowed my pieces to become remarkably uncoordinated. Baldvin did a great job taking advantage of my uncoordinated pieces and attacking the center via d5, and then systematically clamping down on my position to convert his advantage into a win.

            I’m sure there is a lot I’m still missing here, and any comments or advice would be much appreciated. Here is our game:

 



 

 

 

Comments


  • 18 months ago

    tonifa

    moves like 5...e4 are critical , and one should always spend time on such move, more even if it is the first move out of the book.And, normally , it's a good idea to keep the tension in the center, or break the center in the right moment...

    Dan heisman has a lot of articles about this subject

     

    Toni

  • 18 months ago

    strickland420

    Honestly, i just thought about it strategically. i probably should have thought about it a little longer. i might have even still wanted to make that move, but i at least should have considered other options.

  • 18 months ago

    tonifa

    I'm going to say something about the opening, 5....e4 is a highly commiting move I guess 5...dxc4(the threat is exd4) is an interesting choice, because if 6.dxe5 ( seems only move) then, after  6....Qxd1+ 7.Kxd1 Ng4, i think black  is ok (or even better). Did you spot this options or just play 5...e4 strategically , hoping to close the white bishop.

     

    Toni

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