Master Chess Analysis 4th Session

Master Chess Analysis 4th Session

NM Kanthecarowin

Hello All and welcome to the 4th session of my series where I analyze the games of members,

Today I will go over the 8 games that were sent to me to be analyzed. The games all had different ideas and concepts that are crucial for a good player to know, understand, and be able to apply.

An in depth analysis of each game is provided below. The games come from players of all ages, strengths, and ratings. If you want to have your game analyzed in my weekly blog please post it in the comments

Now, let's begin


1) N.A. - Hlgchess 0-1

Now we have arrived at the following position:

Here, white has the choice of two moves --- 8.Nf3 and 8.Nd3 ---- and our first key concept --- but then struggled to develop the c1 bishop, and the moves wasted to develop the bishop led to the loss of the e4 pawn and the game: sometimes the position itself and piece activity are worth more than material --- In the game, white chose to try to hold on to the e4 pawn with 8.Nd3 but then struggled to develop the c1 bishop, and the moves wasted to develop the bishop led to the loss of the e4 pawn and the game

The game continued: 

9.Nf4 Nxe4 10.Nxe4 Rxe4 11.d3 Re8


12...Qf6 13.Re1??

White has just blundered with 13.Re1?? - How do you finish him off?


2) Pokemonmasterboy - ??? 1-0


Here, Black played the move 18...f5?? 

Remember: When pushing pawns in front of your king, always ensure that there is no forced tactical continuation where your opponent can win. Also, if your opponent is attacking your king with pieces or pawns refrain from moving the pawns in front of your king unless the move is forced because when you move one pawn, it gives your opponent a target and sometimes it severely weakens the surrounding pawns

Now, how to punish black for his mistake?



3) Ocsed1 - Kamil1982 1-0

This key point is due to the move that black played in the previous position, 16...Qd5, trying to hold on to the feeble e4 pawn... This key point is directly tied to the key point from game one in that

You should not attempt to retain material if it allows your opponent to gain key tempi as this will most likely lead to the win of not only the material that was being retained, but also usually a significant amount of material in addition

after 16...Qd5? white gained many tempi with the moves 17.Bb3 Qf5 18.Ng3 Qd7 (back where it started) 19.N5xe4 Nf5 20.Nc5 Qc8 21.Nxf5 gxf5 22.Bh6 Bxh6 23.Qxh6

and now black threw away the game with 23...Nxd4??

Can you finish black off?

4) Stefannechita - Smith8800 1-0
key point: If you are playing a gambit (or sacrificial opening) then make sure that you know how to respond to all the main moves because (especially as black because you start down a tempo) your opponent may simply end up with the extra material if you do not know how to properly regain it
Can you see how white should have continued after 15...Nf6??

5) Ivan - Frank 1/2
Here black played the move Nh5 and after Bg5, promptly returned with Nhf6
KEY POINT: Always analyze every move prior to making the move (never analyze after making the move) to ensure that you see all of your opponent's responses and what to do against them, so that way you do not waste tempi because you missed the proper response of your opponent

White had made a mistake with 34.Bd6? but black failed to capitalize... can you see how to win with black?
6) Konstantyn - Edelpatzer 1-0
key note: If and when your opponent suprises you with an opening that you did not know, do not lose your cool and stay composed and play the best moves that you can think of (as white did in this game) to ensure that you do not panic and blunder early in the game

How do you finish black off after 23...Qb3?

7) JohnKnight52 - JakeTarallo 1-0
KEY POINT: Learn the themes and ideas that you should play in your specific openings as well as the themes and ideas that your opponent is trying to play; Had white know black's ideas, he would have played c5 instead of 0-0 to prevent black from playing c5 himself
8) Nonicka - Imcoolerking 1-0
KEY POINT: Black has just played 3...b6?!... I gave it a dubious symbol because you should always make the moves that you know are going to happen in lines that you don't know....What does that mean? - Well, in that position black knows that the g8 knight will go to f6 while he doesn't know whether the bishop will be better on the c8-h3 diagonal or the h1-a8 diagonal, thus Nf6 would have been the better move and then wait to see which diagonal is best for the bishop
How to finish black off after Qd7??
Thanks to everyone who sent me a game and I hope that I was able to instruct everyone that viewed the article in one way or another

These blogs will come out once every week (on tuesdays) and will include games of members
Next week, I will analyze ONLY THE FIRST 4 GAMES THAT ARE POSTED IN THE COMMENTS (i used to recieve them by message but I feel that this is easier for everyone).

Games for analysis (will update as you post the games in the comments - only 1 per person)
1. Ocsed 1
2. Andrew_Blaise
3. Knightoftheking
4. CasterMan5