DHLC Slow Swiss #5 Ind &Team Rnd 2

Apr 24, 2013, 4:26 PM |
I enjoyed this game immensely.  I also thought that I played very well and even came up with some tactics that propelled a win!  I am also sure I made quite a few errors, as I think my opponent would agree as well, but I am proud of the depth of play that came from this game.
I spent a few hours analyzing this game after we played this morning,Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 09:00 EDT.  I took so long that I "lost" the ability to put in in a post and had to start over.  I will review Dr. Cris' post on analyzing a game using the game editor for a PGN file since she had very similar challenges.  I believe it is in the February newsletter.

Now, I am doing this slower, but suredly.  It will take longer and can't wait to get my "thinking" written before I seek a computer analysys.  In the menatime, I sure hope you might comment on ANY aspect of this game to help me improve my play.

I am stunned at my win here.  I actually never thought I had a "win" until almost the point where he resigned.  My general thoughts about this game include a need to:

------->play through many London System games to understand theories and practices.  While working on the PGN file, I tried to look up the ECO designation and found A48, the King's Indian.  I then went to my book, "Win with the London System" to see how I did with the line.  I found that 5.Nbd2, 6.c3 and 7.Be2 where okay, but really no mention of the first move, 5.Nbd2.  It seems that the Be2 move is the "proper" line, and later it goes on to say that transpositions can occur.  I even found where my 10.a4 was played!  It also seems h3 is played at lot earlier then my eleventh move.  The challenge for me is to "see" why a certain move is played before another and I believe if I study many games, I could have a better understanding of "why" I might want to play h3 in a double fianchetto or learn what some were wanting to accomplish by their opening lines.

----->Develope better visualization skills to "work" through candidate moves.  I am pretty sure I did not factor the Rook move 13...Rc8.  "Pretty sure" because I don't remember thinking about its potential.  I did not really think through the e-pawn advance, 14...e5.  I ended up spending a lot of time trying to find a good counter move or at least best move.  My Knight move, 16.Nc4 could have been countered by 16...Bf8.  I still did it anyway kinda feeling like I was dictating the action and had my bases covered.  Not based on a line of play, but a feeling?

----->Learn how to analyze and post a game in a timely manner!  Probably the easiest of my challenges.  

---->Study endgame principles.  I never saw a "clear" mate, but I did see the ability to attack.  I have a funny feeling, after a computer analysis and some feedback from you, I will see both players made some outstanding blunders.  I could not see how my opponent could mate me with the protection around my King, the DSB, and his limited pieces.  I believed I could "allow" his attack on my Bishop, 22...Qe3+.  I expected him to simply capture my Bishop, but 22...Qe3+ seemed like a wasted move.  I did look deeply and knew I could capture that Knight, 22.Qxd5, and he would check me and chase me a bit, but the attack would run out of fuel.  Again, I had to take a lot of time looking at this which is where I begin to get concerned about my time.  I think at this point I had around 9 minutes and he had 24 minutes!  So, my point is tu understand endgame principles so I can move more deliberately and suredly with a plan in the endgame.


To an expert, my "analysis" and summary may be very flawed.  Good!  Why?  Let me hear!