Slow Swiss #5 - Round 3 game

This is an especially painful loss for me.  

I wasn't feeling well at ALL - physically I was fine.  But I've had a very difficult time emotionally this week and I suppose one could say my heart wasn't in it.  I really did try my best but I NEVER EVER felt like I was focused and, of course, I made a fatal blunder (don't I always?)


1.   Focus as much as possible.  Feel that I'm doing my best given my skill level.

2.  Do NOT give the opponent an easy win.  Make him fight for it.

Well, I don't think I fulfilled either goal this time, sadly.   I suppose this happens to everyone.  I'm inexperienced and just don't know how to do some things.  I tried to follow all the opening principles and my opponent did NOT - I wanted so badly to find a way to punish that - but I couldn't.  I don't know how yet.  ***sigh****

It's going to be a bit simpler this time.  I'm still getting over my rough week but if I want to improve, I DO still have to try to learn from every game, even when it hurts.     So, here we go.  ******sigh again*********

(Only Cris Angel gets such nice opponents who try to help!!   I do consider myself lucky that the opponent was very nice and even kindly showed me where I went wrong because at the time, I had no idea what I had missed.)


  • 4 years ago


    After 14 moves, black's d5 and f7 squares are definitely weak. The positive is you spotted it!

    You went after d5. Did you consider doing something on f7? Your Nf3 is in range and there is your queenside Bishop there. Also the Bb3 is pointing this way... maybe some Kg5 or Bd5 would have been possibilities. Bd5 pins the black N to the Rook, takes it out of the game. I think I do like Bd5 as well. And 16. maybe Nxe7, eliminating the dark black bishop.

    I think the pawn a3 move was a waste of tempo at its point in the game.


    I re-read my post. I think your plan to create damage on the queenside was probably the correct one. I don't know if my "attack" on the kingside can work.

  • 4 years ago


    I agree with all of the comments and thought I could learn something - love for feedback. I believe my obviously mistake was playing 10... b5. at the time i did not see how this move would come back to haunt BUT IT DID!

    chris I agree with the comments: you had a great beginning and you starting the middle game agressively. look pretty good to me. I'm happy to play you any time unrate or otherwise ; always up for a game and to help other players!

  • 4 years ago


    And Cris you think you are the only one who makes mistakes? Look at move 41 in this game. I was ahead by 2 pawns and had an easy endgame but I threw it all away! I just take heart from the fact that I played the first 40 moves very well and I'm a better chess player after the game than I was before it.

  • 4 years ago


    Wow!  Thank you everyone!  I didn't feel like I was very strong here but judging from the comments, it appears that I did quite well in the opening and then loused up later.  Oh how I wish I would have seen that knight move!!   And after moving the c pawn, I didn't even realize it.  the opponent told me later, he was very nervous that I was going to do the fork and I had to ask him where... and he kindly told me.  I'm furious at myself for missing that!!! Live and learn!!

  • 4 years ago


    You're actually launching a very good attack and making threats here.  On move 17, it's not c4!?  It's Nc7+!  There was a major mistake later, but we all make them.  I lost USCF games to a 1775 and a 1685 and I'm currently 1905 USCF (not anymore!).  Not playing 17. Nc7 really let him off the hook. 

  • 4 years ago


    Actually with more observation, you could have put the pressure with that attacking combination I just explained on move 17.

  • 4 years ago


    Dr. Cris, I believe on your 19th move you could have put the pressure on the rook on a8 and then been able to follow up with 20. Nb6 forking the queen and rook winning the rook, because the queen would have captured the bishop and then you win the rook hitting the queen. Then on 22 you make a move to start deploying your pieces for a kingside attack. You allow the queen to capture your knight because that is more than likely what your opponent would have done instead of simply leaving the knight there on a8 and working on getting the queen back to the kingside of the board for defense and then you would be able to overload the h8 rook as it would be the only major power piece there for the defense of the king. It would be extremely difficult for black to launch a counter-attack while you would still be on the continual attack.

  • 4 years ago


    I'm sorry you have had a bad week.

    On the game itself I think you can take out a lot of positives. Are you remembering that your opponent is ranked 400 points ahead of you? This doesn't mean you should go in with a negative attitude but you should be realistic. What do you think will happen if I play someone ranked 1800?

    Don't beat yourself up too much about missing a winning combination. Your opening was excellent - you really took advantage of the way he played. I think if I could give you one piece of advice it would be to keep it simple. The more complicated you make it, the more chance you have of making a blunder. The case in point is 28 Ng5. I think if your opponent threatens something, the safest option is to just get out of the threat. Even at about the 1400 level Zwischenzug's are relatively rare. Leave the fancy stuff for the experts and just try to play good safe chess.

  • 4 years ago


    I think move 26 was critical for you.  You were being assertive and following your agenda.  But I think you should have taken the knight on c8, instead of taking with the bishop on d8.  You could have taken advantage of the fact that his queen had double duty of protecting both the d-pawn and the bishop, as well as using a discovered attack and a double attack.

    You're closer than you think.


    I also wonder what would have become of you accepting the e pawn on move 6 instead of castling right away.

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