Quad 28 Annotated game with HReedwork

Well.... this was an absolute disaster.   Although, I DID fulfill the focus goal.   I also tried to make it at least a LITTLE difficult for the opponent but truth be told, it's probably a terrific example of how to exploit your opponent's weaknesses.  This is why I'm showcasing this.  Losses are painful; this is no exception, but I need to try to learn from my mistakes and seeing how HReedwork was able to really capitalize on my poor moves was a learning experience.  It also helps when you have an opponent who is kind, helpful and took the time to go over the game with me.   Thanks, Harvey, I'll get you next time!!


  • 4 years ago


    move 7, maybe Bb4? you blocked in the knight. Move 9, maybe the Bishop could have moved forward. Remember, the g pawn was backing the knight. I really saw no reason to double the knight protection? Going back to what i mentioned earlier, i believe move 15 could have happened earlier and strengthened your development and placement. Move 18, moving the rook to the d file, how is this supposed to save your dark bishop? It was hanging and he took it. Move 19, doubling pawns is not always a bad thing. I think this exact pawn double should have happened earlier. 22. Bb5???    Anyway, I too am just a beginner. Maybe me analyzing your games is me trying to learn as well. Anyway, I do admire your courage. But I feel that maybe sometimes you enter the games expecting to lose but to create a challenge??? Maybe not a horrible idea, but maybe "win rather than challenge" or draw. Anyway, you know i have much respect for you regardless.... Your friend, Brandon :)

  • 4 years ago


    Well let's not think of right or wrong moves, because that puts us in a situation of trying to memorize the right moves, which is impossible. Rather lets think of trade-offs like @casal was talking about. For example, do you want to keep you King exposed longer and keep a pawn or not? By looking at each move as trade offs, we are encouraged to take responsibility for considering everything that is going on in the board, as opposed to an impossible task of memorizing everything. And by the way, the dirty secret about chess is that there is no big list of "right" moves, even in the opening. Rather we just need to make decisions, after considering trade offs...

  • 4 years ago


    Yes, I was told that once the queens are out of the picture, castling isn't so critical. And I was also told that I should have taken the pawn. **sigh**. I make a lot of wrong moves.

  • 4 years ago


    I do think you're getting better, Dr_Cris_Angel. Interesting game -- not sure there were any big blunders other than allowing e5, but white does a good job taking advantage of black's positional blunders.  Having said that, it was really tactics that decided this game, as in most games -- the e5 move and also white's winning a pawn on move 6.  In such a position, I would say it is almost always correct to compromise your king safety a bit (provided there is no immediate short-term danger), as opposed to just losing a pawn.  At least, I would play Kxd8 without much thought.  As for the opening white played, 3. ...exd4 is nearly always played.  I don't really see how white ends up way ahead in development -- you get rid of white's center pawn, and can follow Nxd4 with either ...Bc5 or ...Nf6, developing with threats.  And as always, I admire your determination and attitude, even when playing higher rated players and after discouraging losses.

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