Analysing My Own Games: The Mystery of Compensation

Analysing My Own Games: The Mystery of Compensation

Aug 19, 2015, 8:03 AM |

Compensation is the most intangible of chess qualities for me to appreciate. I've heard Kasparov quote that Chess is about material, time and quality. The first two can be seen, the last magical element seems so mysterious. 


I managed to sneak in a blitz game during work lunch and reached the following critical position where I was White. I didn't realise it was critical until reviewing the game after.



Critical Position: White to Move


With everything focused at g6, I had looked at 1. hg hg 2. Rxg6 Nxg6 3. Qxg6 Rg7 and reached the following position I had to assess


 Analysis Position


I had reached this analysis position, but couldn't see how White could proceed the exchange down. My intuition was not good enough.


In the cold aftermath, I can see after 1. Qxf5 Rxg1 2. Kxg1 Nf8 3. Qg5+ Kf7 4. Qh5+ Ke7 5. f5 Kd8 6. Qf7 Kc7 7. Nf4 with deadly threats at d5.


This was too much for me to see in a blitz game, and likely I admit I would have trouble playing this in a tournament game.


Instead I chose to double heavy pieces on the h-file, but this was ineffective as there were no targets there for me to attack.


Analysing such positions I hope can only increase my intuition and appreciate of compensation and the attack. 


The e- and f-pawn are attacking pieces in their own right ... I failed to appreciate this.


Game Analysis and Annotation: Blitz game 5 min with 5 second increment


 Questions for me to follow up
* Was 9. exf6 a better move for White?
* Should I have played the prophylactic a3 at some point?
* Could I have better arranged tripling on the g-file better?
* Was there a better move than 16. Ng5
I am encouraged that I am building these strong positions, but not finishing them off ... whether that is lacking tactial ability, calculation or intuition I will have to discover myself