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In hindsight of the game, this was my biggest mistake. I was wasting two valuable moves pushing a pawn and then placing a bishop on a diagonal that was not even pointing towards black's weakened king-side. I should have developed with Nc3 followed by something like Bd3 and then castling king-side.My opponent is a good friend of mine and a very strong player. I was trying to mix things up a bit, but in the end achieving very little. I gave black free reign in the centre on a silver platter.
At this point I thought to myself that quick and decisive action was needed. I could not afford to waste any moves. My position was not great and I had to make a plan, and fast.1) Black had a queen-side pawn majority, so I thought it important to get my king towards that side as quickly as possible in case we reached an end game. That was wishful thinking on my behalf. My other thought was that by castling to the queen-side at the right moment, I could have shifted black's point of attack to the other side, which could have thrown him off course a bit.
2) My second idea was to weaken his king-side even further and then start pointing some pieces towards there with concrete threats. Connecting my rooks with castling together with my dark-squared bishop on b2 would have done that.
3) Making my knight more active would also have been great if black allowed me to.A lot to ask which would have taken quite a bit of maneuvering to get there.
My thoughts post this game are:
1) 8. g3 did not cost me the game right away, but ultimately I paid the price for such a foolish move. I kept talking about developing my pieces throughout the game, but words without action is just that. I should not be thinking of early attacks on the enemy king without some pieces in the middle.
2) I should have castled earlier in the game. An old problem of mine that I need to work out of my system. But then again, I should have developed my pieces better which would have allowed that.
8. g3 was not so great as you mention. Better to devellop.
10. Nc3 is a typical beginner move. You devellop the knight and think, well great, i attack the pawn at the same time. But you don't think even one move ahead, it's obvious that he is gonna play b4 and your knight will be forced to the rather passive e2 square.
12. Nh4 placing the knight on the rim, and more importantly: again you are not develloping. First devellop and castle.
after 13...Ne4 you missed that with this move black also attacked your knight on h4. Try to find everything that a move accomplishes.
15. Bxh7 looks cool, and i think it's possibly the best move, but it seems to me that it just doesn't quite work because of Qf6 is many variations. This double attack on your rook and f2 pawn is a result of you not having castled and develloped properly. It seems that here you are probably already busted.
16. Qc2 would be slightly better, but many of the same problems (Qf6 concretely) remain.
After 18...Qxf2 things are pretty much over. Allowing black to open the d-file speeded up the process.
Hope this may help you!
Thank you so much Flier. I appreciate your insights.
Fun game and I think you analyzed well (post mortem). You slowly slipped into an ever worsening position, but I think that probably things turned sour beyond redemption with 12.Nh4. This is where you should have castled at the latest.
playing both e3 and g3 means mixing of plans - and wasted valuable tempo and weakening structures. typical beginners mistake. come up with a plan and stick to it-unless there is a very good reason to digress from it. as i always say - a bad plan is better than no plan at all. both would eventually lose the game, but bad plan would teach the player more about his mistakes.
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