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45.b4 wins for white. His king is in the square no matter how you try to take/play after you take, and he just queens.
after g5, its dead drawn after black play h5, because no access point, and black can focus on Qside
yeah, I saw g5, as I was looking at your comments and thinking that even later I liked white, but on move 45, white has a clear win.
just jump to move 45. I put in the variations.
update : just took a few minutes to look deeper into the position, yeah white's winning, I saw the Kd3! move
update 2 and 3 :
thanks for pointing that out, at first glance I thought black's winning, but deeper thought proves that white's winning. Didn't see your variation after I update the 3rd time.
That was what I had saw as well and was glad that my opponent developed tunnel vision in the game and focused on King side advancements. I had noticed in the game that though he was a 1500 rated player, he seemed to have a small understanding of how to work his pawns. By al accounts, had he simply played for the breakthrough with his majority, I would have had no choice but to resign. The other part that hurt him was the time trouble. I knew I could advance the h pawn in the situation if I got fxg5 instead of playing hxg5?! and so I did not allow him to think on my time to see his winning line. I wish I could have taken a better line in this but this was the first time I had encountered a Maroczy Bind reply to the Qc7 Taimanov so I was a bit out of book here.
Obviously there was not enough compensation for the pawn in taking the dark squared Bishops off the board and simplifying. Thank goodness for chess blindmess though I need to stop and evaluate better moves rather than simply playing intuiutive moves in critical positions, as this could have esaily led to a loss under other circumstances.
IDK why i underpromoted in the game either but I guess I was looking at 3 differnt pieces could mate in the position and the finish lokked nicer with his queen on the board as well.
Another strange game where I see a weakness and pounce before White can even recover. This game turns out much different if White were to get in e5 in the early stages but as the text will show, he defends his pawn in perhaps the worst way possible with f3?!
The point of this game was not to point out my opponents inaccuracies but to demonstrate a key principle to remember in the opening:
If your opponent seriously violates good opening principles, try to find ways to exploit this.
Here, even though White was developing, he played his pieces with no defenders behind them, moved pieces multiple times and opened his King to attack on its weakest diagonal. All, these combined to cause the whole house to fall and bust White's line. Note that on 3. ... Bc5, my opponent took almost 60 second to reply to the move and on 2. ... Nf6, about 30 seconds.
This is my fastest loss in 2 years on the site. No comments needed, please.
I resigned after move #13. And none too soon.
Even more embarsassing, my opponent has a lopsided losing record, overall.
I think you know why you lost, so no need for me to tell you right ? ;)
@ vengence : nice game, white didn't castle immidately and was punished, Bxf6 was not necessary yet, why not wait for h6 then taking on f6 or retreat ? so it can create problems later with white's LSB still on board. Your opponent totally fell apart after his king was chased around.
Once i saw he was overprotecting e4 instead of pushing e5, I knew that the Nd5 move would force f3, opening him up to attacks. You are correct in saying that Bxf6 was not needed in the position. 0-0 followed by e5 gives Black something to think about and the e4 square is still held in check.
Nevertheless, the game was a good example of punishing opening principle violations and going for the material or even mate if the situation presents itself. This was a departure from several of my previous games as usually I play positionally, almost to the point of adopting a passive play to my games.
Thanks for the vote of confidence there.
This game was wild and how I came up with a good defensive reply is beyond me but here it is.
My opponent played very well and tried to mount an attack that if I handled the pieces incorrectly, would have succeeded. Still, aside from a bad Rook placement, the game was a very nicely played one.
I was wondering why he play Rad8, if he wants to play that, he must be wanting to push d5 in near future, looks like he didn't have a plan ( an illness I still have till now), so it's better to put rook on c8, so Qc2 was not very good because d4 can't be played.
I don't see any reason why f5 is needed, d5 was needed to crack the center open, or b5 (expand on Qside) (e.g 10.... b5 d4 c4 if d5 then exd exd Ne5 followed with Ne7 and 0-0 with good position for black I think.
Nxf5 was blunder, gxf was better, opening g file for rook to come, and giving h5 bishop room to escape.
at 34 maybe Rc8 can be played, squeezing the life out of the king ;)
anyway, I just dont understand some rook moves in the endgame. Still, up a rook and passive position, its only matter of time to win
Game in 10.
a lot of Black's moves came from the fact that in the opening, he was attempting to be as aggressive as possible and to work on the King side quickly. Black has lost the fianchettoed Bishop so all his dark squares are weak. Therefore, he wants the pawns on black squares to limit the White pieces from infiltrating.
The move Rd8 was to prepare for d5, opening up the center and one of Black's primary weapons against the KIA. e6 is to help on the recapture as the Queen is chased with tempo based on the discovered attack by the g2 Bishop. Qc2 was to break the pin and allow for the option of the discovered attack if need be, though Qd2 was perhaps better.
since Black did not get the d5 break, you are correct that b5 was his next best route since the pawns point that way (Think Silman).
Nxf5?! was a positional move that was dubious and yes, gxf5 was better yet a lot of players are unwilling to open their castled positions up at any cost, especially if the dark squares are weak already.
34. Rc8 is like playing a move and hoping your opponent does not see it. There is no real follow up for it and in order to mate from there requires 2 moves, Qg8 and Qe8. Black can play defensive with a move such as Rd8 but I believe you might be right as well that the win is set at that point. Still, if the position is unclear over the board, play the safe move over the possibility of a knockout as you can always launch out at the King from a position of safety rather than expose yourself to attacks (especially if you are limited on time to calculate the lines.
Finally, White's final Rook moves are to capitalize on the potential for open files and mating threats. if dxe5 Rxd7 winning the Queen. Kf8 was the only line to allow black to survive this position for a few more moves.
I think that Rc8 was a "squeezing" move, taking away alternative moves available to the opponent, and if he ever plays Rd8 then Qxb7+, getting a free pawn and "still" winning att. I know that "safe" moves are good, but I was trying to get the best move, no matter what, because the Q and R are still on board, I try to use their power to my advantage...
I haven't run this game in an engine, but if you want, I can do it.
Yes, please though I agree with you that in retrospect, Rc8 forces #2 on the board but OTB, I failed to see the position for what it was (similar to the mate in 1 as opposed to the mate in 2 I saw in that previous game portrayed here.
I suspect the engine will find several inaccuracies through the course of that match but hopefully, the point emphasizes that sometimes safe is good, especially if you are rapidly moving due to time trouble. No doubt though, that move would have sealed the win immediately as none of Black's pieces could assist nor harass with checks.
Here is a knockout win in correspondence chess versus a 1630 or so player. 3 days/move.
Not my highest rated victory but I liked the way this played considering I was highly confused as to what in the heck to do here.
There's one game. We started playing at 4:30 am, so you should expect some strange moves! But I hope it's a nice one. If you find any better move, share it! :)
I played black. :)
Nice game but what has White got after 43. g3 if Black plays 43. ... Qf5? There still seems to be plenty of life for Black as this stops the threat of mate and makes a pawn race that Black should win if the Queens ever come off the board.
Not sure the time control but at a 2 pawns advantage, even with the doubled g pawns, it seems as though Black still maintains some advantage here.
gg as Black to draw though.
at first glance, I thought that white is winning (i.e black's vulnerable king, and cramped kings pawn structure), but as I ran it through, things are not so clear, and black had the advantage (at engine analysis)
@ vengence: I ran your game through the engine (against 1600) and it was crazy, some line I saw : 9.Qb3 was the best, with the following crazy line followed 9.Qb3! Nb6 10.d5!! Na5 11.dxe6!! Nxb3 12.exf7+ Kd8 13.Bxb3 h6 with white having a queen for 2 minor piece + a pawn (white actually had the advantage after Re1!)
at Qf7, even I wouldn't be able to resist the temptation of Rxe6! with Qxe6 Bxd5 Qxd5 Bxf6 getting material back !
Nf4?? was a blunder, Bxe6+ Nxe6 Qf5! (pins to king) if Re8 then d5! winning a piece!
bxc4 was best, Qxc4 was even worse after d5 from black.
When I saw Qh5 from you I thought black was winning, but after Nb1-d2, no attacks from black coming. And I think he did not think it through, as this is a 3 day/game, he had a "I am ****ed" syndrome and just had a meltdown.
this is very nice opening
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