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Oh and @Incredibill, one mroe thing - if Rfe1 then Black can look to play prophylaxis and avoid the whole concept of trapped in corner/king in weak dark squares/pins on and x-rays through the bishop, with Kg8. It's too late for me to start doing calculations, its 2.30am and need to sleep, but I don't know if Black will have the tempo needed to defend against f4. I only suggested f4 immediately to capitalize on dark square weaknesses very early.
o wait guys on f4 i think we missed Bh6
Hint: try inserting the board right before pressing the submit comment button. In my experience, sometimes moving the place holder with text (or enters) causes just it to appear, so inserting it last or being careful not to move it should help. Anyways, here is your analysis:
I went through all of the lines suggested, and I like the way things are setting up. Since no one has warned me away from my 25.Rfe1 move, I think I am going to make it. Mainly to get my Rook out from behind my pawns and pointing his guns down the e-file. I will still have the option of making the f4 move on a subsequent turn ( depending on what @zrylam does). For now I think the Rook move improves my position and creates some problems for @zrylam.
Therefore, my official move is . . . . 25.Rfe1
Oh for crying out loud, first the board didn't appear, and now my entire post hasn't?
"This House believes that Chess.com hates ScarredEyes"
I'd be a blimin' proponent of that!!!
I didn't see Bh6. However, White still has an advantage after Qb2, pinning the e pawn. I analysed it a lot, and figured it was crushing, until Black plays Bxf4, which is prob the best defense. I found that early, so can't remember it well as I'm typing now, but I'll post the game again...
and stubborn_d0nkey Thanks for tips on posting, it might just solve my problem...
Well, ScarredEyes, just for the record, Black definately has at least a draw on 25.f4 Bh6 26.Qb2 Bxf4 27.Be3 Qg5 28.Kh1 Bxh2+ or something
I just woke up, so i may be mistaken, but isn't it 28 ...Bxh2 not 28...Bxh2+? Doesnt black lose their queen?
Ok...let me see...I still think Bh6 is a good defensive move, but Qg5+ does not look like it.
I liked your analysis in Post #151 on Page 8 here. It looks like @zrylam and myself are potentially heading for a Bishop exchange. It remains to be seen what move he makes.
I'm not going to overthink and talk myself out of this move, I'm just going to roll with it:
On a side note, I'm out to play some retardedly difficult competition in the final round of an online Tournament, so forgive me if I'm brief or late to reply.
Take your time. No Rush. Good Luck in your Tournament.
Well I am at a bit of a loss to try and decide how to proceed, or where to launch an attack. It seems that the ball is in my court to see what direction to take the game in.
I feel that with his Qh4 move, he is setting things up to advance his e-pawn to the e4 square. I feel that I should probably maneuver my Queen into a postition to also cover that e4 square.
The best place I feel this could be done would be to play 26.Qxb4. I would recapture my lost pawn and even things up, and I would still be protecting the d6-pawn, while at the same time unblocking my d1-Rook. I would also continue to protect the e4 square.
The 26. Qxb4 move also threatens his Queen on the h4 square. He is either forced to move his Queen to safety, or exchange with mine. I feel that whichever option he chooses it works out in my favour.
If he moves his Queen to safety, then he has just wasted a turn moving it to the h4 square in the first place. If he exchanges Queens with me, then we take a big step toward the end game, and I feel that I am set up better 'postionally' than he is.
So if there is another line of attack that I could go with, I would love to hear it. Otherwise, can I get a thumbs up for the 26.Qxb4 move???
I've explored a couple of different options and I can't seem to find any other good lines of attack. So, as I explained in Post #155, I am going to recapture my pawn back and even the game up, and force @zrylam to decide which direction to take the game in.
So my official move is . . . . 26.Qxb4
Found some time to study my position and after a few positional errors I believe the best path is to keep making threats.
On the surface 27.f4 seems like a good move, because if he captures it with his pawn, then I can recapture it with my Queen. However, instead of capturing my pawn, @zrylam could play 27...e4 and line up all of his pawns in a very strong diagonal. Even worse than that he could respond with 27...Qg4+, forcing me to move my King and then he could capture my pawn and go up a piece.
I'm afraid that unless I am missing something (and there is some sort of alternate plan), 27.f4 is not the move to make.
I think I have a choice between two possible moves.
I could play 27.Re3 and then prepare to make the f4 move and attack his Queen. Of, course @zrylam could respond with f4 before I do, and then I could move my rook to the d-file, and then so on, and so on, and so on.
My other alternative would be to play 27.a4 and attack his b5-pawn, He would not be able to capture my a4-pawn because he would lose his b8-Rook. It would cause some problems for @zrylam because he would be forced to protect his pawn and tie up his resources that might be best used elsewhere.
Between the two options, I prefer 27.a4. Unless someone can come up with support for the 27.Re3 move, or an alternate move all together, then that is the one that I will go with. I will make my official move tomorrow.
My suggestion would be Qb3, then we protect the pawn and our queen is still protected when we need to exchanges pawns.
I'll post some lines for f4, again, with his move. Maybe not the best, but still a suggestion. As for between Re3 and a4, I'd pick Re3 - it's safe, retains the f3 pawn which actually seems critical to the defense of the king, and as you said, allows movement to d-file or even c-file if things need be. a4 doesn't need to be hurried, I think. a4 can be played after Re3, to remove threats of checks.
f4 is a decisive move - it allows the game to progress - but whether it's good or bad is
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