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Hi! I like your nym, "Crab-a-Blanca!" I followed your game. I think 4. c5 invites trouble, because Black can launch a particularly strong Budapest Gambit after 4. .. e5. The LGBT team is now playing a Vote Chess game where a similar scenario has transpired, and Black has obtained a good position as a result.
I think that 7. a4 is not necessarily a blunder on your part, in this blitz game, because by attacking your knight, Black liberated your bishop for a good post. Your knight can eventually squirm its way back into relevance. At any rate Black is burning up the seconds trying to figure out how to get an attack launched from his very defensive position, isn't he?
Black's 13. .. Bb7 is certainly a mistake. Ra6 would have been better. A bishop-for-knight trade is not such a big deal, but your pawn on c6 is.
I agree with your analysis of the eighteenth move. It is a pity to lose the pawn on c6 here.
Black missed 23. .. Bxg2.
30. e5 may have been a mistake due to Black's time trouble. A tradefest is always to the advantage of a player in time trouble, more so when their time bank is incremented with each move. The more pieces, the more complexity and the more likely a hurried player will blunder.
I think this game is more about time mismanagement on Black's part. By playing unconventional, risky moves and inviting attack, without giving too much material or position away, you tempted Black to burn up too much time. This can be a very effective strategy in blitz. Congratulations!
23. Bxg2 countered by Bxb4!
Bxb4 axb4 Qxg2 leaves white on the better side of it.
(I forgot to mention, time was 15|15 lol)
Instead of posting an entire game, I thought it would be more instructional to insert a position that occurred in one of my games. Try to find the correct plan for white.
Black can get away from that with Qb6+, and the bishop has to move back to or the king has to move away. Be3 for the tempo though.
Here is a great game I played that illustrates a lot of themes such as double attack, in-between moves and defensive counterplay. The opening is almost like an Latvian Gambit or some type of Exchange Philidor. Black makes 3 key errors in this game but that is enough to take the point as the finish is simply a matter of technique.
A quicker mate with 27. Rg1+, you should've played that instead of what you played, since that allows black to have a long endgame
And 34... Qf8 delays the mate so its not mate in 3. Actually black has a good chance of delaying mate for a very long time, even drawing the game.
That is a very true assesment of the position and was where the game should have played to had Black had a sense of the tactics involved with opposite wing castling. However, in light of the fact that he did not capitalize on the b4 and c5 pawn advances, attacked pieces that could be protected with discovered checks and forks, I figured his play would not suddenly come back to equal after the blunders made prior.
Still, you have reminded me that I should always strive to find the best move, regardless of how Black plays as at any time, he could find a defense such as the one you did (and yes, that would likely be a drawing position with exact play.
Thank you Crab for the insight there.
PS: Do you think I was correct to choose not to opt for the exchange and underpromotion combination I annotated prior? For the life of me, I cannot see White gaining any advantage and even having the potential to lose the game. Any thoughts?
1. ... Qf8 is met by 2. Rg8+ Qxg8 3. Qh6+ Qh7 4. Qxh7# isn't it?
Vengeance, I think 26. Qxe4+! looks like the obvious best move because it is the best move.
Thank you. My computer allows me limited abilities to analyze the positions down and I no longer have my travel board with me. It is always great to have others help (though I feel kind of guilty that others are doing the analysis) as it shows me ways to strengthen my play. Thanks Amcgee3
OK I looked at the idea of doing the underpromotion and it is equality and draw in a Bishops of opposite colors endgame. So amcgee3 is correct on 26. Qxe4+ (Towhich I officially withdraw my 2 exclamation points and will substitute "?!" instead.
here is my most recent win for ya'll( thats plural not singular) to pick apart
I disagree, at least with your diagram. I see a fork for white between the pawn and king. from there, white should easily be able to trot down the board for a promotion.
Great 25+5 games analyses!!
A very high quality friendly match between me and MSC157 (2100+).
A great Blitz video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zhe2rqEroqM
I will post more in-depth analyses soon.
how do i do that?
Another interesting rapid game.
That's one of my best tactical battles in a long time. I played an unorthodox "reversed Halloween Gambit" and things turned out quite well after some tactical shots:
There were a lot of odd moves back and forth, too...
Oops..... didn't notice it. I've fixed the diagram.
I've always wanted to try the Halloween Gambit myself, but since so many players play the Sicilian nowadays, it's not easy. 4. Be2 is certainly unusual, a little reiminscent of the Hungarian Defense, but not unsound I should think.
The Halloween Gambit gives Black an awful lot of tempos for pawn moves. I think after 6. .. d4, White may have been better off with Nb1 in this position. After you play e4, though, White's development is surely in a sorry state. Whether Black could translate that into a win is a good question.
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