18009 Players currently online!
Man vs. Machine - good luck!
Turn-based games at any time!
Vote for the best move to win!
Do you have what it takes?
Backgammon, Yatzy, and more!
Sharpen your tactical vision!
Get advice and game insights!
Learn from top players & pros!
View millions of master games!
Your virtual chess coach!
Perfect your opening moves!
Test your skills vs. computer!
Find the right private coach!
Can you solve it each day?
Bring it all together!
Beginners, start here!
Make friends & play team games!
News from the world of chess!
Search all Chess.com members!
Find local clubs & events!
Who's the best of your friends?
Read what members are saying!
This was an interesting 30 minute game I played some time ago, so some of my thoughts I have forgotten, but I have annotated what I can. It was my greatest win (rating wise) and longest game yet , over 50 minutes in total. Any thoughts would be apprecitated, thanks much!
34...Rxh3 was a cool move, but black indeed had better by accepting the rook and taking white's h-pawn when the smoke clears.
When you castled on move 15 didn't you hang your bishop?
yah he did. and what the heck was Rxd3 hanging your queen
Yes, it seems I did hang a bishop... I very often don't consider how a position will be when I castle.
And I did not hang my queen, the rook captured with check.
4...d4 feels a little premature. It looks like a reversed Philidor's before that where the central tension either remains or is released by a capture, so why not develop before closing the centre? Even more so since white's wasted a move with 2. a3?! and shouldn't have any advantage from opening the centre.
5...Bd6 or 6...Nbd7 to defend the e-pawn perhaps? In this sort of situation you'd want to play ...c5 to defend d4 eventually, but your move 6...Nc6 blocked it. Now white had f4 and c3 options in the centre, while you had no good pawn breaks, making it harder to claim equality.
7...h6 was unnecessary, yes, and potentially weakening, enabling white to sac in some lines after ...0-0 (if you dared to try.)
8...Be6? Well, you saw what happened there. Better was 8...Nd7, blocking your bishop but still holding the centre. Kick the knight, prepare ...f5, something like that. Even 8...Bd6 9. Nxd6 cxd6 leaves you looking to play ...d5 later, not too bad.
15...0-0-0? hangs the bishop as pointed out by others. 15...Qf6, holding the bishop and pawn allows you to castle next move while white disentangles his awkward kingside pieces.
17. Bd3. Why didn't he take either pawn? 17. Qxg7? Bg5 loses the exchange. 17. Rxd4 Rxd4 18. Qxd4 Bf6 does win the pawn for white, but I'm guessing he didn't like the resulting activity you could get while he was severely underdeveloped.
17...Rae8 would have been stronger, seizing the e-file first. The g-pawn is still safe because of ...Bg5 again.
Optically, I like 29...c5 to bolster the d-pawn. You didn't have to move the bishop immediately, but that was an OK move too.
34...Rxh3 is a neat tactic. However. Before playing it, you must calculate out the ending position of both variations (Qxh3 and Rxf4) and conclude that black still has a stronger position, keeping white in a bind. Especially important as the queens remain on the board, enabling irritating checks and attacks. 35. Qxh3 Bc1+ 36. Kb3 Qxf2 37. Qxh6 and it looks like white has a strong attack instead. Always make sure simplifications do not change the winner of the game!
The queen trade: Good that you saw the resulting pawn endgame was winning. A very safe way to take the full point home, good job.
Just wondering why you didn't do 45. .... h5?
45. ...h5 Does seem a better move, but once I was certain I could win I put little effort into winning the best way, any way seemed good to me.
You did have it won by that point. I was just thinking that 45. ...h5 loks down your KingSide pawns where he can't touch them, and you don't have to worry about them at all.
Chess Bazaar's New Soviet Set--A Pictorial Review
by CopperPawn a few minutes ago
How to stop CHRONIC trolls on chess.com
by Robert0905 3 minutes ago
by Robert0905 5 minutes ago
Jaenisch Gambit against 1.c4
by Robert0905 6 minutes ago
Magnus left chess forever after losing a bet against his Coach.
by 1LovU 9 minutes ago
Tactics coming from the Scandinavian Defense (B01)
by Robert0905 10 minutes ago
This Site Will Soon Have 13 Million Members !
by bankwire9 13 minutes ago
An Anti-French Defense Query
by Robert0905 13 minutes ago
10/9/2015 - In From Behind
by Mostafa_Abdelmalik 14 minutes ago
Why are women not as successful as men in chess?
by watcha 23 minutes ago
Why Join | Chess Topics |
Help & Support |
© 2015 Chess.com
• Chess - English
We are working hard to make Chess.com available in over 70 languages. Check back over the year as we develop the technology to add more, and we will try our best to notify you when your language is ready for translating!