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game i recently played where i was in a strong position against a player rated 200 higher than me at the start after a queens gambit but blundered my way into losing after failing to find a strong enough attack. any comments on the game appreciated, looking to improve.
i lost two games today after being ahead by a piece in both, it sure does hurt!
ooh i do hate that, that's why i like it when people resign after losing a piece, because i am just as likely to lose one back!
Interesting how this ~1500 player didnt spotted 2moves mate after 31.Qc1.
#10 bd3,then ne5--attack p. at c6 and a1 rook ( e.g. nxp,nxn,bxp+)
12.a5 I agree that this is probably wrong as you said reducing the queenside pressure. I'm not sure what is better, maybe 12.Qc2 with the idea of Rfb1. Also, if you are going to give up a pawn for the pressure, releasing it doesn't fit in with that strategy.
13.e4 I think this is fine. Taking the center makes perfect sense and you will have d5 threats I would think at some point.
18.e5 looks like a good idea, but I'm not sure how to proceed then. I don't think it's a bad move by any means. I would probably try 18.f4 with the idea of f5. You have to try and pry black open so it's going to be on f5 or h5.
19.f4 Seems like the brute force method to open the f-file. I like the idea, it just doesn't work. I do think the move is ok though because black is playing for c5 and now you can push by with d5 which makes a lot of sense. I'm still not sure how to proceed after that, maybe Qe2, g4 and f5.
20.a6 is a move you would like to play in positions like these. I guess the pawn gets too weak. It's weak either way but here more so.
21.f5 As a rule of thumb when you have a set up with the bishop on the same diagonal as your queen like that, you have to be very sure that a move like f5 is tactically sound as more times than not, it isn't.
27. Rc5, You have big problems here, mainly the passed b-pawn along with your weak back rank so you need to create threats and fast. Defense will just lose for sure. 27.Rxc4 probably just loses to 27....b3 so I would chose 27.Be4. This move does a couple of things. It eyes the queening square, it gives your king a way to run out from checks possibly to h3 and most importantly threatens a draw by Bxg6 followed by Rxg6+.
I think you played pretty well but what tells is tactics and you just made more tactical mistakes.
the thing that leaps to my mind is that the knight is pretty misplaced on c3 is these catalan type positions. you could have made your life a lot easier by just continuing your development with Bg2 and O-O. the queen can then go to c2 and the knight to either d2 or a3 and it is next to impossible for black to hold on to the extra pawn.
yeah my tactics have been awfully bad recently, still it was an interesting game
if i got to move 16 with this position against IMPfren i think i'd be a happy person
25. Rh5 seems quite interesting
12/11/2013 - Topalov-Kramnik, Dortmund 1996
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