15 minute game analysis
Hello to the 40 or so people who read my blogs.
I decided to do a new thing to improve my chess - I'll play 15 minute games (no more 5 minute if I can help it), and then I'll look up the openings of the game, and say what I was thinking during the game and analyze a bit to see what I could have done better.
I'm not sure if anyone is interested in seeing my thoughts about my games, but for myself this should be a good learning tool. And now, on to game 1!
There is the game. Following is my thoughts during the game and a little analysis.
In this position I played Nh5. It may be a dubious move, but it has at least an idea behind it - to win the bishop pair. I learned from waitzkin and purdy that you should take the bishop at the last moment, that way you save tempos and you have the power of taking the piece at any time, which puts a certain psychological and positional pressure on your opponent.
The way I see it, white will get a lead in development, and black will try to bunker down, open the position at the right time, and then use the power of his bishop pair. I wouldnt mind playing either side, and maybe even prefer white even though I played this move Nh5.
After Bg5, h6, g5, you can see I have a weakness on h6, which could become potentially very weak if the h-file opens (which can easily happen should I take his bishop and he hasn't castled yet).
Another thing that happened is my game freed up a bit. I was of course, by default, cramped in this opening, so trading off a knight can give me more freedom. My other knight can come to f6. I believe white's best plan is to play for an immediate e4, or c4 and an expansion of his central pawns.
White would like to open the position due to the fact that I've wasted so much time in the opening. This is the paradoxical nature of winning a bishop pair - most people learn that the player with the 2 bishops wants to open the position - and while that's true - what you don't often learn is that the player who won the bishop pair probably lost a lot of time, so he wants to keep the position closed until he can catch up in development.
Bf5. This stops white from developing his bishop to the natural and good square d3, in which he supports his central advance e4. Now he can't play e4 for a little while, and his bishop has no other good diagonal to get on.
Moving a c8 bishop of course always leaves the b7 pawn undefended, but I planed to defend that pawn by simply Rb8, (after the game I also considered Qc8), definitely not b6 which would create all sorts of weaknesses on the queenside. It's important to not create holes for
your opponent's pieces to infiltrate on. You may not want to defend a pawn passively with a piece, but keep in mind white is using his queen to attack the b2(7) pawn, and you're only defending with a rook. That means for white to continue the pressure, he has to use up the power of his queen to do so.
In a similar situation, you may be attacking a pawn that his queen must defend, so again you have maximum efficiency of weak piece vs strong piece.
b4. This is an attempt to kind of crack open white's position. White has a real fortress going on with pawns on c3 d4 e3. I often have problems with these kinds of positions. I played b4 to at least make c3 vulnerable, and then planned to base my play on that. Opening the b-file doesn't hurt either. If white takes the pawn, I'll play Rfb8, attack the pawn again, and if he defends with a3 or something I'll play a5, and bust open the entire queenside. I should be able to gain back a pawn in that variation and his proud central fortress would be eliminated.
Also note by him pushing past, the 'brick wall' nature of his central pawn formation dissapears. I can now start to threaten the center pawns a bit.
Ok, that's all for this game. The rest of the game wasn't too exciting, as he didn't put up much resistance. Interestingly I missed the opportunity to just take his hanging bishop, but my position was so good that it didn't matter.
Thanks for reading.
Oh yeah - I was going to look up the opening, but actually I don't know where to find this variation in any of my books. So I'll have to pass on this game.