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I played a 5/0 game using what I found later to be called the Von Beivorseen var. of the Reversed Chigorin Defense. I'd never played this before. I don't even remember seeing any games with this opening. I played the opening moves to make the game interesting and non-book (though apparently it is book). My opponent was somewhat higher rated, but in spite of obvious mistakes and missed opportunities on my part, his play was weaker. I made some notes as I was playing back through the game:
Are my notes too deep?
Okay, this comment pushed the right buttons. ;) This is a very uncommon line I confess I have no knowledge of. But some things I noticed:
- As you yourself mentioned, his 7.Nb5 was a big mistake of course because of 8...d4! But what was the rationale behind your own 6...d5? Did you hope he’d play 7.cxd e.p.? I think 7... Nh5 8.Bh2 Bxc3 9.bxc3 Qa5 10.Qd2 exd 11.e3 would have been rather more promising for White then for Black.
- 9...d4 seems not only one move late, but also by this time not the best option anymore. I think grabbing the pawn (9...Qxc5) would have been mandatory.
- But he in turn should have played 10.Ne4 because this would have prevented you from grabbing the pawn one move later (which alas you didn’t do anyway ;))
- I don’t see the reason why he played 12.c3, and here I would have just taken the pawn, exchange bishops and get the queen back to a5 (evening out material again eventually).
- His 16.Bb4?? was a big blunder because of 16...e3!! - as again you yourself noticed in the aftermath. It’s a pity, but of course this was a 5 minute game - something I am notoriously bad at, and I’m sure I already would have lost on time at that point ... ;)
- After his 20.Rb1 the game is just basically over, so I stopped looking further there.
Okay, this comment pushed the right buttons. ;)
Then it worked!
No, what I saw was that I had missed 5...d4 and went ahead and played it as a knee-jerk response. After I made it, I wasn't particularly bothered by it and actually felt the advanced pawn might come in handy. But there seems to be a lesson here on chosing one's moves.
Probably his own knee-jerk reaction...
I think 16.Bb4 was a lousy move too. His game seemedto go downhill from there.
Then you missed me missing mate-in-1!
Thanks for the notes!
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