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Premature draw?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #1


    In this very short game (only 14 moves) my opponent resigned after it became apparent that he would lose a knight. I found this a bit strange, so my question is: are there any more advantages that I might have missed, besides winning the knight? My opponent was rated a lot higher, so he might've seen things that I missed.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #2


    Being a piece down for nothing is a sufficent reason to resign.

    Your opponent was perhaps too frustrated that he was unable to exploit the pins, his position looked very promising at move 9.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #3


    @OP: I don't think allowing 7. ... Bxf3 8. exf3 (allowing those doubled Pawns on the f-file you mentioned) would have been so bad. If you would have captured toward the center by 8. gxf3, then your Kingside would definitely have been exposed, and castling to that side would not look very good at all. However, after 8. exf3, your King would be covered just fine after castling. Your opponent would be ill-advised to make this capture (7. ... Bxf3), because he would encourage your position to gain scope and mobility, after your light-square Bishop's path would be opened.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #4


    By the way I meant to write 'premature resignation' no idea why i typed draw.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #5


    A piece is a very large advantage. When I play CM9000's engine taking knight odds in 10|0 I have to play well, but I can outplay it, at least until I get into time pressure. I would guess that a knight is worth at least 1000 points ELO. At beginner level it is probably worth much less though, and as your opponent was higher rated than you by quite a bit I would have played on in his position.

    After you capture his knight you will also have a positional advantage more than just your extra piece.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #6


    I'm missing something - doesnt 14. ... Bxb4 make it interesting at least?

    It would go something like this... 14. b4 Bxb4 15. Bb2 Ne2+ 16. Bxe2 Bxd2 17. Rfd1 Bxe3 and you have at least two pawns for the piece.

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #7


    14...Bxb4 15.Nb3, or am I missing something?

  • 3 years ago · Quote · #8


    silentiarius wrote:

    14...Bxb4 15.Nb3, or am I missing something?

    (EDIT) No twas I missing something 14. ... Bxb4 is a boo boo after 15. Nb3 or even 15. Nxc4. 

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