Analysing My Own Games: Painting the Board with your Pieces

Analysing My Own Games: Painting the Board with your Pieces

Sep 7, 2015, 6:52 AM |
Start from 1226 players, I'm down to the last 6 players of the 22nd thematic Caro Kann tournament.
I'm happy to report that I've won my first game of the final pairings in a style which I am very pleased with.
What is strange for me in this game is that there are no "brilliant" moves that I had to play. I wish every game could be like this.

In the final position where I am White I have played 27. Nd6 and my opponent resigned.
It is just a dream position for me. My Rook at b7 cuts across the 7th rank, my Rook at g3 dominates the g-file, the Knight at d6 is an octopus striking at f7, a pawn wedge at f6, Bishop at c3 firing at the Black King.
More so, Black is reduced to a passive position where his Bishop simply has no moves and consequently his Rooks have no mobility.
I actually prefer playing games like this rather than sacrificial Kingside attacks.

Game Annotations and Analysis (No Computer)

Model Games from this Opening: Movsesian 

I got to see Sergei Movsesian live when I went to watch the 2012 Biel Festival. I remember seeing him execute this exchange sacrifice on the White side of an Alekhine's which I could not understand at the time, but he simply gave his opponent no play.
In this model game, I note Movsesian set up of Qf3 to avoid exchanges along the d-file and then also follows up with c4 and Bc3 before preparing the advance of d5.

Model Games from this Opening: Khalifman


In this impressive game we see Black striking with 14 ... c5 but White can take this pawn since 15. ... Qxd3 16. Nxd3 and White holds on to the c-pawn.
Observe White also switching the Bishop to c3 as in my game, and the transfer of the h1 Rook to h3 and g3.
Impressive is the cunning 19. Qe4 which threatens Rxd5 followed by Nf6 and mate h7. White sacrifices the exchange all the same, followed up with Qf5 and the same idea.