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any help here would be amazing!
I see no winning attacks.
not winning, just what to do when black makes pointless moves
I just took a quick look and that's what I thought.
The problem was, it was too quick because if black captures our knight with his queen instead of attacking it with his pawn, then even if we recapture the queen with our queen, then black recaptures with the bishop and we're down a knight.
So that 'real quick' look seemed to produce "hope chess" lines lol.
But was just trying to get some ideas going in the right direction since no one seemed to come up with anything yet.
that does look nice lol
Hmm . . . In this scenario, I would 0-0-0 and just start shoving h- and g-pawns. He is rather cramped, and will have difficulty meeting a pawn storm.
You don't need to use your development to kill your opponent immediately. Instead, just force your opponent to create weaknesses, while preventing him from developing. For example, in the final position black cannot develop his c8 bishop as it is blocked by the queen, developing the g8 knight hangs f6, playing c6 allows Nb6, and white can just slowly prepare to open central files.
Note that I used houdini to help with the full line I gave, but many of the moves, such as Qg3, 0-0-0, Bb3 and Rhe1 are rather natural human moves that are not difficult to find even without an engine. And you don't have to forsee the bishop sacrifice, as 16. Bd5 saves it and is still winning, just not as cool.
Also, 7. Qh5 was a much better move than Qf3, as it provokes weaknesses.
Agreed with other posters. Keep developing solid and bring blacks obvious faults to bare. It will come to you and black will colapse. Identify your most active pieces and don't let black exchange them out. you have quite a few attacking lines you could pursue..
I too wondered why not Qh5, a very common way to force tactics
Maybe you should hit the Chess Mentor for some improvement. Silman has a bunch of applicable courses. You way not be ready for the 300 lesson Roots of Positional Understanding but the 20 lesson Now What should give you some practice in coming up with practical middle game plans. There are others like the 25 lesson Art Of Exchanging Pieces and of course other authors have their own lessons. The first of GM Shankland's courses on How To Punish Opening Mistakes is great too. Just a thought since you're a diamond member...
Yeah, the thing funny about it is the fact I had already specifically included 12...Qxf5 for black in the text of the post but someone must have missed it. But always nice to get the idea confirmed even if I have to do your reading for you two. hahaha.
You need to do some homework on strategy. Books, and videos here will help you.
castle long and break open the centre seems like a plan
IMO the mindset is likely more important than the specific moves here. If you don't see a tactical kill, then keep developing if you're not done (you aren't). But you can also find how black wants to finish development and try to hinder that.
Notice for example your opponent already can't develop his king's knight because you're on f6. Can you make Nc6 uncomfortable too? I don't see how. So I'd just castle then maybe he plays Nc6 and now even just Rhe1... this advantage of yours isn't going anywhere, just stay patient, try to bring in all your pieces, and pressure soft spots (Qg3 was a good example). Try to make his likely moves uncomfortable for him. After every move check for tactics. If you're all developed time to open lines somewhere (basically look for pawns to push and trade pawns off). Open lines favor the better developed side.
If your opponent reaches an equal position then either your advantage was an illusion or you're not yet good enough to exploit that kind/size of advantage. The key in this kind of position is patience though, don't try to force a win that isn't there. Lack of space and development has a way of punishing itself in due time lol. It would be useful if you posted the rest of the game.
Welcome Here! I often feels the same
After a few opening moves I believe I am better, generally I am really, and then... it disapears!
As posted by many: Patience, continue develop, look for tactics and keep cramping opponent/not exchanging... seems to be the advice
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