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Here is a game I played recently. What do you think were the key blunders/mistakes that I made?
If you were Black you should have played 21...b5 instead of 21...Ree7.You also missed the back rank mate.
Your problem was your play was too passive and defensive. Go on the offensive. You said you wanted to get rid of d5. Should have done exactly that at move 20. That creates a double pawn file for white.
I would not have made move 17 because of the consequences that followed. Better to drive the knight away with c6 and put your on knight on d4 or f4.
And instead of 14...Na5, 14...Nd4 is better.
Please be relevant, helpful & nice!
I think I was, wasn't I? Besides, he asked, and I contributed. Would a smilie help?
You pretty much spotted your own mistakes, you could've saved your knight by b5 a few moves prior.
Good points by the other posters! You chose ( ..e5) as the 1st move as black, so opening principles tells us that if you can play (..d5) in that opening without consequences you have equalized or over-come white's advantage of the first move.
I assume you just timed out without saving it by hitting Preview, Paul.
And OP, !! for 23 Qa5? lol
Yes, I definitely feel your pain there. I keep hoping though that someday I'll get old enough to where I don't even notice that it's a drag anymore.
Just try to learn from your mistakes. The 3 main lessons I believe you can learn from this game are:
1) Ask yourself before you move, what are my opponents threats? (Missing Knight getting trapped & back rank mate simple mean you are not looking at your opponents threats before each move).
2) As black, if white is not taking advantage of his initiative, you can usually make them pay by fighting back in the center. I, personally, like 3 ... d5.
3) Try to keep the tension. Taking with no good reason just helps your opponent develop & gain time. Instead of 4 ... BxB, I'd recommend just d6, then Be7, then 0-0.
Learn chess ideas and try to apply them. When you mess up, try and figure out if your ideas were bad, or just the execution.
Also, if you think your opponent is making a threat, ask yourself how there is a threat before you react.
On the other hand, it's not so much his demeanor as it is the moves he made and his general approach in the game. You can't win by demeanor alone. Knowing why he makes the moves and understanding board situations will be enough to change his demeanor. But you can't be overconfident either.
Well that's certainly good advice for any player, but I don't think it really fits this situation very well. In the game under review, Black's problem was that he regarded every one of his opponent's moves as a threat. The slightest sign of aggression from White, no matter how harmless. seemed to cause panic.
So, while you need to be on the lookout for your opponent's tactical threats, it's also necessary not to be afraid of ghosts! A threat by your opponent isn't necessarily a real threat, and you need to learn to ignore the pseudo-threats and to push your own agenda.
So true, I have talked myself out of a good move worrying too much of the the opponent threat. Ghost threats...
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