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Thanks MSC. I have been working a lot over the last couple weeks on endgames and tactics and so far, it is paying off, though at times I can still get lost in the middle game because I am trying to assimilate several concepts into my game and at times I evaluate combinations incorrectly (an example was losing due to an ill-advised capture in the Anglo-Indian Defense of the b2 pawn with the g7 Bishop against a USCF Life Master last night that should have been a draw .
Still, my play is getting stronger. Here is an OTB position that I had against a friend in an untimed OTB match where we playe the Italian Four Knights and I played 18. ... Kh8 then 20. ... Kg8 when White's position fell apart as he was in Zugzwang. This position came about 40 or so moves later.
9.d4 is a blunder (better 9.Bxe5), definitely! Black should play 11....Nd5! Nice checkmate though.
Oh, yeah, thanks MSC. It would have been smart to do that. However, when I got my pawn out of the way, the queen trade was helpful in checkmating at last.
Here is a Cordel Defense 3. ... Bc5 in the Ruy Lopez with a nice King hunt. My opponent resigned in view of missing a fork but if not that, the game would have been over shortly. Note the use of interference in White's handling of the the pieces and the Nxg5 sac to maintain the pressure on d8 as well. G/10.
I also looked at the Rook giving check or even a Nc3+ but instead wanted the King on c5 where he intereferes with the b6 Bishop before finishing off the job.
Here is another game where my opponent plays 0-0-0 but cannot get his attack off due to multiple threats. This also shows why b6 is bad should you decide to play 0-0-0, especially in an opposite wings game. G/10 again.
Thanks especially to CaptainPlanet, learnateverygame and MSC157 for helping me to find better tactical play in the middle game as well.
Mate in two? More like a mate in one. 34. Ra7#.
lol you're right. well looks like if vengeance play against me, it will be a tough one for me :)
I am making a blog of my games on 30|0 time controls in my attempt to get to 1400. I'm reviewing all my games and adding in notes of my thought process at the time as well as things I felt I should have done different. I will take any and all feedback on the games I can get to help me reach my goal. Thanks =D
My blog: Http://blog.chess.com/tykartaltepe
One of the biggest things I have difficulty with is that I get tunnel vision in my moves once I see one line, I may forget to see a simpler move order to obtain the same effect.
An example comes from playing against an expert last night in a 5/0 blitz game at a coffee shop (I actually got 3 wins against him in various openings). In the ending, he had outposted his Bishop ahead of his passed pawn, nullifying any chance of aiding the King side pawns as his King was tied to my passer at b7. We both had about 90 seconds left and so I was going for the "safe" play of capturing his weak pawns to achieve 2 connected passed pawns. What I failed to see was he blundered moving his King from c7 to c6, allowing a promotion.
That, along with occasionally neglecting pawn structures and evaluating exchanges for possible in-between moves, are my biggest deficiencies in my game, as evidenced by missing the Ra7#.
Still, in a forced line, mate is mate I guess. Just need to study the moves a bit more carefully.
BTW, the computer I am on does not allow facebook access so I use this ID to check on posts and comments as well. I rarely play games on here aside from perhaps an occasional blitz game.
PP (AKA Vengence69)
a dicovered with the rook i also like him took my eyes off it for the last 4 moves !
I made a blog about a game that i analyzed but got negative feedback coz i coundnt create diagrams and texts the chess.com way. I'll paste it anyway and add you to the guys who were not much impressed. Here goes. By the way, Im actually re-posting it here (i hope it doesnt look like im trolling though)
The Amateur Analyses his game: Benefits of reading great booksThe analysis of this game is based on my assesment of the game during play and some were only added (thought very few) after the game. (So if youre a 1600 and above this blog may not be for you, but if you are a 1500 and below you might want to read through. Who knows we might be sharing the same faults and ideas.) No computer aided analysis was used so some imperfection or errors might be present in my analysis.I am presenting this game on my point of view "The Amateure's point of view". Besides, im no expert nor a master (im not even a 1600 for crying out loud) to imply that my approach is true gospel. This is basically how i see the game during play and what themes occurred on my chess thinking as the game progress.I shall try to be as candid as i can in my annotations. It must be stated that while at play i try to maintain and apply the principles and ideas i have learned from the books i have read which has greatly influenced me as a chess amateur player.As much as possible i will try to maintain objectivity rather than self glorification to establish my ideas that im sharing. True im just between 1400-1500 but the wins against stronger rated opponents has shown me that i am improving and i shall try to continue to do so by continually reminding myself of the basic principles and ideas taught by the great masters and authors of the classical period. As a 1400 player i am bound to make mistakes like leaving a piece enprise or just simply blunderring away a piece or falling for a mating net by grabbing pawns or sacrificed materials, falling for traps and not concentrating on the basic principles in a typical endgame play . But by applying simple logic taught by the masters in various books and applying them during play was a great help like "having a plan" "creating treaths", and asking the simple question "why did he play that?" were very useful. Although sometimes i forget them at some critical points in a game thereby losing, by constantly reminding myself of it was indeed a good help as it provides strength to hold my own even against a stronger opponent. I am sharing my games as an example of the thinking strength of a typical amateur. Pardon me if my constant referals for particular books are stated for it is true that the books that will be mentioned truly molded my play for they are my contstant guide and mentors. I never grew tired of them.Me vs (Name withheld) 18341. e4 c6Does Capa open with e4?. Sometimes during his younger years but not in his later years. The inspiration for my choice of e4 is based on Fischer's assesment "Best by test" (In his book My 60 Mem. Games)2. Nf3 d5I have always replied Nf3 against caro or french.My theoretical knowledge of them as white is rather vauge. Thus, i felt it more to my liking to keep the opening in its simplest form rather than engaging in theoretical battle against a stonger opponent and at the same time heading Capablanca's advise in mind (capablancas last lectures book) of developing pieces just to get into a playable middle game and at the same time following Fischer's treatment of set-up against the caro-kann (fischer -petrosian game with the caro-kann in the book the games of robert james fischer) with which i also play as black.3. exd5 cxd54. d4 Nc65. Bd3 Bg46. c3 e67. O-O Nf6Im not really sure if the opening ends here but in the caro-kann the light colored bishop must get out of the pawn chain as did my opponent played here. Now i am in the thought of playing 8.h3. But i felt driving away the bishop by h3 then g4 would weaken my kingside too early. Worse the queens are still on the board. Capa once said that when faced with a surprise in the opening, develop your pieces as quickly as possible. Actually there is no surprise in the opening yet but the basic principle of developing my pieces entered my head and at the same time avoiding risk too early in the game so i played...8. Bf4 Bd6!?I must admit i was surprised by this coz this bishop can be attacked by 8..Nh5 and if 9.Be5 then 9..Bf3 10.Qf3 Qg5 and if 11. g4 then 11.. Ne5 12. de5 Nf4 13. Bc2 Qe5 followed by Bd6. By playing the text move it dawned unto me that my opponent is going to castle long and head for my throat with h5 h4 Ne4 moves.9. Bxd6 Qxd610. h3 Bh5The move 10. Nd2 develops my pieces but it gives him time too with 10..000. Suddenly i felt warm blood flowing to my head. After reading and studying Mihai Subas "dynamic chess" would it be bad not to try his approach against a stronger opponent?. I have always applied the attitude i learned from studying capas games of simplification and heading straight for an endgame (which i find more suitable against a lesser opponent). But im facing a stronger opponent, in school i once heard a chessmaster and at the same time chess team coach uttering the exact words "Avoid unclear positions but if you cannot help it at least complicate them. Lesser opponents will one way or another succumb to the complexities of the position." Yes i was not a member of that team but i remembered those words and kept it at heart.11. g4!? Bg6The move 11.. Bg4 12.hg4 Ng4 was tempting. But with 12. Kg2 with ideas like Rh1 ,Qe2 followed by Nbd2, Rag1 then Kf1 eases my heart. Is g4 then bad ? I dont know. Sometimes i have a tendency to play by the gutt. I have lost and won positions like this. This is basically against capas teaching of weakening the kingside position. But im in the mood for power play and learning, and it is very rare to find an 1800 playing a 1400. Naturally the lower rated would be happy if he gets a draw. But this is an enjoyment on my part of testing the skills of my much stronger opponent. I knew at heart that my opening play is below par and my middle game just plain and simple (piece manueverings) but i have total belief in my endgame play based on what i learned form various books that enabled me to grasp the basics ( why wouldnt one be after studying capas "chess fundamentals and "Last Lectures" and playing over his games in "Capablancas 100 best games"). I just got to have an inspiration on my belief on my end game play and i found it in Capas books.12. Bxg6 hxg613. Kg2! O-O-O!?In capas book "capablancas last lectures" it was said that timing and space is of the essence. Thus i played Kg2. With my pawns too far advanced I am at my opponents mercy. I started to see his good moves like Ne4 then f5 then rh7 followed by Rdh8 after he castled. I am clearly way behind in development but intermediate moves like 13. ...Ne4 was called for then only 0-0-0 afterwards. Opportunity never knocks twice as the saying goes basic principles in chess suggests we create threaths and fight for the innitiative. thus i played...14. Ng5! Rdf8With his rook on defensive chore its about time to fight for the center then develop my pieces. I once read the idea "Centralize and dont lose heart" im not sure if it was Nimzovich but it sure did stuck to my head.15. f4! Qe715.Qf3 doesnt seem to be appealing to me coz it shuts down the f3 pawn. And since my pawns are already advanced might as well push 'em and support them with pieces. besides im on the defensive and f4 maintains the tension of the fight for the center. I had to coordinate my pieces. First things first. Now if black played 15...Ne4 i had 16.Qf3 Ng5 17.fg5 e5 18 Qg3 and if 18...f6 then 19.Nd2 fg5 20. Rf8 Rf8 21. Rf1 Rf1 22. Nf1 and im still ok. What is he playing for? 16..Ne4 and if 17.Ne4 de4 followed by Qh4. He failed to see my reply of f416. Qf3 Rh4!When i saw this i tought it was a waste of tempo but it dawned on me that he has 17...Ng4 18.hg4 Rfh8 and if 19.Rg1 Rh2 check 20.Kf1 f6 and im in deep trouble coz he wins the piece back with control of the 7th rank 6th or the e-file if i happen to sacrifice the night for a pawn. It is good that i had the move on hand which justifies the mistake on blacks 13th move.17. Nd2 Rfh8?This gave me ample time to defend. I was expecting 17...Ng4 18.hg4 Rfh8 with the idea of giving back the night and maintaining the dynamism of the game via 19.Nh3 Rh3 20 Qh3 Rh3 with an unclear game. As Schiller wrote in his "developement of a chess master" that we should always calculate...deeper. My development is now complete. Its time to repulse the treaths and aim for counter play. Dynamically the Suba's way.18. Rh1 Nh7?Whats this? Is he attacking or what? 18..Ng8 was the move i was expecting followed by 19..f6. With the text move it disobeys certain principles that "to exchange pieces when attacked" but he is the one attacking thus this move all the more eases the attack. Im free and he just handled me the key. Now his rook on h4 looks sad as he has to waste another tempo or two for re-deployment19. Nxh7 R4xh720. Rae1 Qd621. Re3!? f6Overprotection? Nope. 21. Re3 prepares Rhe1 in case black rook on h8 decides to flee and if it tries to go back i have Qf2 in mind followed by h4. now with black 21...f6 black seems to be playing a rook down (rook at h7). I would have prefered him play Re8 then Rhh8 then soon double rook on the e-file. This kind of notion i learned from Capablancas "My chess career" when he was asked how an endgame should be won. He went straight towards the winning position and said that that particular position should be targetted to get the win. It appeared to me that one should imagine the "dream" position. Set a particular goal and get it. Got it?.22. Qg3 Kc723. Nf3 Re824. h4 Reh8Amazingly, my opponent does not see my plan. So it does pay to have a plan. It was just simple: exchange queens and head for a favourable endgame with utmost control of the e-file via doubling of rooks on the e-file. He might be preparing for a possible 25.g5 f5 26.Ne5 Ne5 27.fe5 Qe7 28.Qf4 game squeezing which is too tough to grind. Im not sure if it was going straight to a Nimzovitchan position it just didnt fit my taste. But as capa advices: take the initiative and maintain it.25. Rhe1 Re826. f5!? gxf5? f5 is risky but i had to play it coz i was playing along the lines for endgame play and forgot that 26...Qg3 27Kg3 gf5 28 gf5 e5 29.df5 fe5 30. Ne5 d4! 31.cd4 Nd4 32.Rc3 Nc6 33.Nf3 Re1 34 Ne1 Rh6 35 Kg4 is still difficult for me. As a player just between 1400 and 1500 i am eager to lose in order to learn. Capas book on his last lectures taught me to take risks even to the point of losing a game coz we learn from our loses and gain experiences.Suba's "dynamic Chess strategy" showed me how to bring life to a game. Its funny how a sequence of moves radically changes the outcome of the game.27. Qxd6+ Kxd628. gxf5 Nd829. Kg3 Rhh830. fxe6 Rxe631. Rxe6+ Nxe632. Kg4? g6!Throwing away the initiative. 32. Rh1 Rh5 33Kg4 g6 34Re1 f5 check 35 Kh3 Nf4 check 36 Kg3 maintains it. Now im back to square one.It is i who wasted a tempo as his rook comes to life. He must have been relieved.33. Kg3 Rh534. Nh2 Rf535. Ng4 Ke736. Nh6 Rh5?Having fought for freedom he suddenly went back to captivity. 36..Rf4 was the move i was anticipating and was prepared to sacrifice my rook for the knight in case the opportunity presents itself.37. Ng4 Rf538. Ne3 Rh539. Ng4 Rf5It looks he is heading for the draw and 40 Ne3 might seal it. The move 40 Nh6 went up my head but it leads to nothing. Then suddenly i saw.40. Re2! Kf7??Having fought stubbornly with extreme patience ... what a sad ending. 40..Kd6 was better then we have 41.Nf2 Nf4 42. Re8 Nh5 check. Believe you me, i am analysing this game based on what i see during the game and no computer analysis is done in this whole game annotation ( I was litterally jotting down notes as i see them during the game). Now the question is, is it possible for him to see my 44th move reply? Because even with black the exchange down i assessed the position as still a very hard win for me. Black gets a doubled pawn but my king cant get anywhere the enemy line. And as Steinitz once said "The king is a fighting piece". Im in the endgame and experience has taught me that no matter how or what exchange up i am, without king support it is nothing.41. Nh6+ Ke742. Nxf5+ gxf543. h5 Kf744. Rxe6! Kxe6This kind of sacrifice i learned from capablancas chess fundamentals. I simply imagined the board without the rook and knight and saw that it was a better clear win for me. Holding on the the rook vs knight endgame is still a painful strugglle. Besides the knight on e6 is so strong that black can hold the game coz my king cannot get in the fortress. Lasker once said "If you see a good move, look for a better one". Im not sure if im thinking it right but i believe so coz i once played over the Fischer-Petrosian candidates final game 7 were Fischer exchanged a very well placed piece for a weak one then simply transitioned from one advantage into another.It was not the move that inspired me to think this way also in the game but the approach to the game as a whole. From a dominant ,superior but long path winning position to a simple clear cut win.45. Kf4 Kf746. Kxf5 1-0The ending is smooth, Im going to sack the pawn on the f- file then push my pawn to h8 then grab the pawn on d5 then march my king towards the b and a pawns then sending my c-pawn down for promotion. You got it! Imagination.With his king on h8 he is too far to reach em.After the game my opponent complimented me for my play and I on my part thanked him for playing me. Something should be made clear here and that is that I never put wins like this in my head having Alekhines caution about how "vanity" destroys ones chess. The success of applying the principles and ideas learned from the masters in their books in a game is all too gratifying. It just showed me that im on the right path but still a long long way to go.Rejoicing over a win against a higher rated opponent is normal but believing youre a very strong player already is a sledgehammer that has the tendency to be boomeranged back at you. And it will hurt. But in summary it should be emphasized that if we have lots of books in our library these books must be read and lessons kept at heart. It is an investment. We have spent money in buying them why not sepnd more time in studying and reading them. Kasparov onced said "Spend time if you want to succeed". Good luck guys!.P.SIf you like my blog then be-friend me or send me a note. If you guys find this blog both entertaining and informative then i shall continue to write more. If not then i guess this blog ends here.
Here is a game where understanding endgame tactics paid off. I had to get my opponent in Zugwang to be able to win as at any point before the pawn gets to h2, White either has a draw or win against me in this ending. G/10
actually, I favor white almost the entire game (no offense), and after 29... Ke6, white can play g4 no ?
your bishop is dead atm, it can only go so much, and if white can put his king on f4 and pawn on f5 supported by bishop, you will be in a long agony endgame. If I were white this will be good practice to "squeeze-you-to-a-gruesome-death" endgame, but white errs and makes blunders (aren't we all blunderers ?) to give you a point.
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.
12/11/2013 - Topalov-Kramnik, Dortmund 1996
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