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Thanks very much! I appreciate any and all comments and criticism :)
9.White sould have took your pawn on d5 and you might not get that good position.
At your level the only Sicilian you should care about is some sfinciuni.
After your opponent had played against you some nonsense (like that Ng5 excursion) you unprovokedly blundered your juicy d5 pawn at move eight (and you blundered it again next move). This has nothing to do with the opening- it is simply a sign that you still don't know the absolute basics.
Well, wrest the initiative from him, a6 could have waited a little longer though, Nf6 was definately in order, push your own intents when possible, of course d6 doesnt hurt at all, and after the "feared" Bb5+ simply Bd7 and what does your opponent have to show for it
Thanks, everyone, for the comments. Yes, the 8. Bd6 is a terrible move. Thanks for pointing it out.
I should have been more specific with my question. I'm curious mostly about move 4. Ng5 and my response with 4. e6
What's wrong with Ng5? What would have been a better plan for him at this point? Is there a better black response to Ng5 than my e6?
Jet13, that's a good point. I'm not sure why I get so unnerved by the Bb5+. :P
thats ok, at one point I hated playing my computer so much because against my e4 it always played c5, and I had no clue how to beat it, so I switched to c4 instead, then learned that the sicilian is something to learn to love, and now the only thing I fear is playing against 1. d4 mainly because I don't want to be bored to death.
The wrong with Ng5 is that there is nothing right about it: same piece moves a second time in the opening to create a ridiculous mating threat at f7 (I hope you have seen that, no?) from an unsafe spot.Factly, a player who has learned the basics would never ask why that Ng5 is not good.
And yes, your 4...e6 is a fine move- preventing the threat, limiting the bishop, threatening the knight. Aren't they enough for one move?
2...a6 was not good move, if you wanted to play e6, 2...e6 would be much better. Question about how you should respond to Ng5? Its easy - he moved same piece twice, he isnt treathening anything, dont do anything:) Keep developing pieces, but each move look at his knight, he is so close toyour pieces that he "might be dangerous". 5...h6 i didnt like, try not to move your pawns unless its prepared attack, like you can go 1.e4 e5 2.d4 because your queen is protecting the pawn and you attack center(maybe not very good opening but just trying to explain idea), here you move your pawn and accomplish nothing really, you chase away knight who is doing nothing, at cos of weakened pawn structure. Always remember this rule - pawns in their starting locations always are strongest, each time you move a pawn, youre weakening your territory. And if theres a battery going you can always push a pawn and block it while other pawns are protecting pushed pawn.
I'll try to think more about pawn structure in the future. Too often I tend to move pawns where there's really no reason to.
Perhaps 5. Be7 would have been better here? Develop the bishop, threaten the knight, line up Queen-Bishop on black.
Also: When, if ever, should I play Qa5+? In general, I'd lean against this move as it does almost nothing for me and puts my queen at the front of things.
Qa5+ has the use of picking up presents that white left behind on the fifth rank. Note that a bishop on b5 can usually be defended by blocking the check with Nc3. Thus, Qa5+ is often used as a punishment for poor knight development on white's part, or if the f3 square is guarded by a pawn (so black can't block the check with the knight).
I'd suggest reading The Winning Way (the How, What, and Why of Chess Opening Stratagems) by Bruce Pandolfini. An entire chapter is dedicated to the Qa5+! It's officially an "opening book", but in reality, it contains next to no opening theory. Instead, it demonstrates very basic tactical blunders that can be made in the opening, and how they are punished. It's not geared towards any opening in particular; rather, it's filled with all sorts of traps and mistakes from a variety of openings. I wouldn't read the book only looking to try out cheap traps yourself, but rather to learn concepts from those tactical opening blunders so A) you don't make those blunders, and B) you can gain the winning edge against many of your opponents within the first few moves of the game. It's excellent tactical practice, too! The book got my rating from 1200 ish to 1400 ish, and was an easy breezy read. (Less than 200 pages, filled with pictures.)
Of course, plain old tactics practice from any other source is just as good!
Yes 5.Be7 would be a reasonable move, healthy and strong, but as i said, you dont need to chase knight away just yet, it can wait a move or two or even longer if you capture the initiative, so eather way its better then h6.
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