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Analyze please, I could have done better despite it was a win.
8.b3 When you see really strange moves like this, look for a tactical refutation. 8...b5 wins a piece. 9.Bxb5, Qa5+.
17...Bb5 looks bad but isn't. 18.Qxc3, Qxc3 19.Bxc3, Bxf1 20.Kxf1, and Rfc8 picks up a piece.
18...Qxa6 this just lets his rook get away. Simply Bxf1.
25...h6 should get a ? as it loses a pawn. Maybe just Qa8.
32.Nb4, Ne1 + wins a rook.
Keep working on your tactics and you will gain points just from that alone. Too much looseness in this game.
I don't think white's second move, Bc4, is legitimate, although I will have to research this. In fact, it looked like white was in trouble until black made a series of blunders to turn the advantage over to white.
Bc4 is the HillBilly Attack! Great name, but Bc4 is garbage since after cxd5 Black gains a tempo with the attack on the Bishop, as happened in the game
...typical CK move!
It is, but ideally you want the light-squared Bishop outside the pawn chain (e.g. 4...Bf5) before playing ...e6. That's sort of the point of ...c6 in the Caro Kann (and in the Slav) - you're defending the d-pawn with the c-pawn (rather than the e-pawn) in order to not block in the light-squared Bishop
Thanks, I think I was too concerned about defending the center that really should have gotten Bf5 out first
Why do you think so? It leads to a worse position, so it shouldn't be typical. Whoever has told you that it is has lied to you.
yeah i play the ck myself and e6 so early was definately a mistake. your center was adequately defended and the whole point of the ck is that it allows you to develop your lsb. also on move 19 my preferance would have been Rfc8 because the rook on the a file is already active while the one on the f file is kind of out of play at the moment. otherwise there were a lot of mistakes. try to think carefully about your moves to make sure you arent hanging a piece. if you are hanging pieces and blundering it doesnt matter how well you are playing. Lastly you should always have a plan. I could see that when you were up in material you were trying to trade pieces, however, in doing so you were overextending yourself and worsening your position.
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