Analysing My Own Games: One that I'm Proud Of

Analysing My Own Games: One that I'm Proud Of

Aug 15, 2015, 9:05 PM |

I think the more you play Chess, the happier you are at finding quiet moves.


This blog is part of a concerted effort by me to analyse my own game, without the use of a computer


This is the hardest part of chess study for me, as it's difficult to aim for self reflection. Additionally, one must be also critical of wins.


Part of the inspiration of this game came from the famous Alekhine-Capablanca AVRO 1938 where I had seen this Kf1 idea (albeit in a different opening). 


I was also inspired by Polgar-Epishin Geneva 1996 which I remembered seeing on a video in 1998. This idea of using the g-pawn to latch on to h6 in the Smyslov Caro Kann.

Firstly, see if you can solve the critical moment from my game.



Training Question.


White to move. 

Game Analysis and Annotation
I'm very happy to have found the quiet 25. Ke2 before the Bxg7 and Rxg7 sacrifice.
Qe4 was multipurpose to threaten both c6 and Qg4, and ultimately induce further weakening with f5.
Nhg6 was cute to cut off the King's retreat to e7.

Model Game: Alekhine-Capablanca, AVRO 1938
Inspiration for Kf1
A simply inspirational game.
* The possibility of Kf1 in a close position.
* Play on both flanks, closing down the Queenside with b5.
* Advancing on the Kingside with h4-h5 and the pawn thrust g4 and f4 to drive away the defensive Knight.
* The White King as an aggressive piece (in a middle game!)

Model Game: Polgar-Epishin, Geneva 1996
Inspiration for g5
Wondefully instructive play by Polgar on the White Side of the Caro Kann.
* Versatility of Rh4.
* The pressure built up at h6 with Rh4, Rh1 and Qd2.
* Advance of the g-pawn, which ultimately becomes an attacking piece.
* The White Knights threatening to invade and smother at g6
* The sensational 28. Qb4!! deflection tactic a.k.a Zukertort-Blackburne, London 1883 (which was also on move 28)
* The Nf5+ clearance for the Rook to support the h-pawn's queening and attract Black's Queen to where it can be attacked with check