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  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3521



    You make several assumptions in the deadly combination of black which are imho incorrect. You could have answered differently.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3522


    This sacrafical game style is new to me as this the first game I've played it.

    In this game I neglect a couple threats on my king side to develop a stong attack on Black's King Side Defenses.

    Usually I'm on the other side defending the attacks and coping with being down in development.  Black takes a material advantatge which is a more difficult advantage for me to overcome.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3523


  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3524


    This game opening with the English, Anglo-Scandinavian Defence Variation (1... d5) shows how players that thrive in the Open Sicilian and English struggle with defenses that close the position and can lead to time stress in live chess and difficulty playing the right moves from lack of consistant play in the closed systems.
    I neglected to mention in the game that the move 16... f5 gave white an opprotunity to make an attempt with exf5 at opening the position but at some cost.  Including losing a central pawn after Bxf5. and introducing the idea of dissolving the pawn chian and coordinating a King Side Attack.
    Black has a minor advantage according to engines likly due to Black's passed pawn.
    White's advantages are:
    1)  A highly active Queen
    2)  Strong Knight outposts
    3)  Connected pawns
    Black Does have compensation through:
    1)  The Bishop Pair
    2)  A well protected King
    3)  Control of the E-file
    4) A passed pawn on the D-file
    From here both players can improve their minor pieces and gian stronger coordination.
    Black will then attempt to trade Queens and push his passed pawn.
    And White will try to push his pawns and fight for control of the open files.
    The engame may easily be a Bishop vs. Knight or Rook vs. Rook endgame.
  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3525


    Some classical Mating Patterns seem too unreal but do arise in play as I used the Légal's Mate to pick up a 7 move chechmate.  I dare anyone who sees this post to try this on it's next unsuspecting victim.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3526


    Hey SeanLukePicard, I'm trying to see how 4... a6? allows you to skip h3. I can't see it though. Do you mind explaining it to me?

    4...a6 is a very questionable move. God knows what he was playing at.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3527


    isayoldboy wrote:

    Hey SeanLukePicard, I'm trying to see how 4... a6? allows you to skip h3. I can't see it though. Do you mind explaining it to me?

    4...a6 is a very questionable move. God knows what he was playing at.

    4... a6 was intended to prevent my bishop pinning his Knight after it comes out but not bringing the knight out means 5... dxe5 is the best response after 5. Nxe5 that stops Legal's Mate after which I take his bishop with my Queen which could be gaurded by a Knight had his 4th move developed the Queen's Knight instead of preparing to develop it.

    Hope this is helpful.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3528


    I see now. Had he a knight on f6 things would be very different.

    I took my analysis set out and had a look at the position. What a neat little trap this is. Thanks a lot for taking the time out to reply, your analysis is very useful to me.

  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3529


    No problem, I'm wondering if you meant Knight on c6 but you seem to understand the trap.  A Knight to f6 is the other possiblility you may encounter on Black's 4th move instead of Bishop to g4 which negates the trap.  My opponent's early Bishop deployment was somewhat questionable more so than if it happend on Black's 4th turn.  

    My observations show the trap is effective in the 800-1300 range.  To higher rated the trap is obvious or they know of it, lower rated like a safer position so they default to a reliable strategy they know well.  But there are exceptions in both cases so prove me wrong if your up to the task.

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  • 3 months ago · Quote · #3532


    this is a 3 minutes blitz game i played recently
  • 8 weeks ago · Quote · #3533


    In many games I see or play a player with initiative actualy taking action to achieve his goals instead of reacticting to such. These Chess players often recieve superior positions to rule the board with.  In positions where you can challenge that initiative it is one's soul duty to say "If I can't have it, neither can you."
    In this game I am able to hold and eventualy win a game against an average 1400 rated player by challenging his control of key squares and looking for well coordinated positions I could achieve with the Black pieces.
    Game 1 - Theme: Initiative
  • 7 weeks ago · Quote · #3534


    It is my belief that the materialy handicaped side is not doomed to be equal or weak to the materialy superior side. In this game White can achieve a superior position despite being a pawn down due to the coordination and active pieces combined with gaining control of key squares.
    Theme:  Positional Compensation
    Note: My rating is sub-1000 due to a time loss on 100+ Games as I do not have A premium account to protect form that.  Refer to previous games for actual rating.  Also I may start posting using my Alt account Wolf_Rayet since I can not join tournaments.
  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #3535


    An idea robbing the Sicilian of its standard tactical lines in the early game.
    This is an extreamly detaied and thouroughly analyzed game so skim or read thoroughly as you please. I believe this game has some educational value to it so I'm going to share all my thoughts.
    This game starts out with a battle on both color squares but becomes centrally focused on Dark square control in which Both sides become very focused on winning those critical outposts and attack points.  I have to contribute this the two terrible LSBs on the board with no truly active squares therefore acting as support pieces.
  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #3536


    panafricain wrote:


    A bullet game I played against a stronger opponent. The game is worth for the final combination

    20.Qb3 is much better than Qa4

  • 4 weeks ago · Quote · #3537


  • 3 weeks ago · Quote · #3538


    Essential Endgame Technique:

    I believe that endgame technique is one of the defining characteristics in each skill braket within chess, being able to use advantages considered minor at lower levels of play such as a pawn or 2 in material and cleverly using domination and common tactics such as triangualtion and zugzwang to out play your opponent is the essential key to acending above the 1400 rating "barrier" that I struggled with for months.

    Game 1(Using the 1 pawn advantage in a K+5 vs K+4):  Wolf_Rayet vs Bigdukesix 1-0

    Game 2(Playing for a draw may win you the game): Wolf_Rayet vs. TimBitHauler 1-0

    [Includes Draw technique with K+N+P vs. K+R]

    [Includes Winning Technique for K+Q vs. K+R]

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