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This is a game I lost today. There I faced a number of occassions where I was unable to find a good move. But while analysing, I noticed some of the mistakes, which I have annotated.
I'd like to learn from your comments.
how about this shocking play for white agianst f6
at move 11 you give black a ! for Bd4 i would give it a ? black should play a5 as for you reply to Bd4 i like Na4 and if QB5 just take the the bishop Nxd4 black must retake cuz this knight is attacking queen and bishop on e6,Bd2 was mistake move 18.Rb1?? is blunder better was dxe4 with even game black missed exf3 Rbb6 fxg2 with check winning the game. 22...c5?? better was Nf8 and yes 25.Kf2 is mistake Rxb7 winning 29.Bb5?? 29.Qa8+winning at last move white is still winning
You should learn how to play 3.Nxe5 for White. If you don't want to do that, at least play 3.d4 to claim central space. Your first reaction to suspicious looking play should be to assert yourself in the center.
The reason you haven't met 2...f6 before is because it is a very bad move. 3.Nxe5 is a strong move, but even if you don't know those tactics, it should be pretty obvious why 2...f6 stinks: it takes the natural f6 square away from the knight, and it opens 2 dangerous diagonals (h5-e8 and b1-g8). If you don't want to try 3.Nxe5, then 3.Bc4 looks very good. Your 3.Nc3 is fine too. But I really prefer 5.d4 which looks very strong. You're ahead in development and Black has weakened his king, so it's time to open up the game. Why go backwards? What were you going to do if he repeated with 5...Bb4 again?
In the kind of position you got after 6...c6, it's often best to retreat your bishop to b3 right away. This makes his d5 move less forceful. Here you could meet 7..d5 with 8.d4 and keep a pretty good game. In the game, either 9.d4 or 9.O-O and then d4 were better for you.
You panicked after 9...Qb6. As you note 10.O-O was fine for you. But you overlooked a little something in your note after 12.Bd2. 12.Na4 actualy works pretty well for you after 12...Qb5 13.Nxd4. Now 13...Qxa4 is no threat (14.Nxe6) I think you let your nerves get the better of you.
Take a look at 18.dxe4 with a playable game. In the game, Black overlooked 18...exf3! which looks crushing to me.
After 22...c5 I think you're doing fine. You have two bishops against two knights, and your king is at least as safe. You've dodged a couple of bullets, but now you have the upper hand. I don't see what was wrong with 25.Kf2 But 26.Rd1 looks much stronger than just grabbing a pawn.
You played the last part of the game as if you were losing when you were actually winning. You were too afraid of 27...Qxc2+ which was harmless. 27.Rd1 or 27.Qb5 or 27.Be6 were all strong moves.
@scottk74 - Thanks, so this starts with a knight lost, but attackes and wins well. I'll look at that approach.
Similarly, 29.Bb5?? 29.Qa8+winning seems to be a winning move which I did not notice.
@chessmicky - Thanks for the detailed analysis. Yes I was afraid of the 27...Qxc2+; did not notice it is just avoidable.
@GreenCastleBlock - Thanks
@Frankiebones7983 - So even with this approach white is in a good position?
3. Bc4 is an option, perhaps best if not most spectacular. Basically just developing, getting ready to castle and pointing out that black will struggle to castle.
Just to clarify, f6 gets a ?? in most theory books, certainly not !?
I think it deserves a ?! or ? as it can be played in a way that doesn't lose material by force, but still is clearly inferior. As for your 4.Qh5+, well, it simply doesn't work. 4...g6 5.Nxg6 Qxe4+ 6. "oops"
@GreenCastleBlock - 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 [[f6 3. Nxe5 fxe5 4. Qh5+ Ke7 5. Qxe5+ Kf7 6. Bc4+ d5 7. Bxd5+ Kg6 8. h4 h6 9. Bxb7.
After this black could easily captured 9. ... Bxb7. At least in 10. ...Bxb7 was an option, but black did not. What is the reason behind?
P.S: Sorry, I noticed there was an easy end if that mistake was done;
9. ... Bxb7
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