Feedback on My Game Analysis
I previously self analysed the following game where I was Black and won by employing a minority attack.
I submitted the game to GM Bojkov to seek his views on where I could improve, and he highlighted at least 7 excellent suggestions from my game that I'd like to share.
Lesson 1: When a Knight is stronger than a Bishop
Here I decided to retain my Bishop by playing ... Bh5. However, Bxf3 would have been an improvement as I have a favourable Knight versus Bishop pawn structure.
Simply, White's Bishop has no targets, the position is semi closed and Black can continue with his minority attack with little fear of the light squared bishop combining with the White Queen.
White's bishop is impotent in defending the Queenside pawns from the minority attack.
Lesson 2: Would g4 have drawn for White? Be faster and strike
g4 would have been an improvement for White, but Black can exploit the unprotected nature of White's King and seize the 2nd rank.
Lesson 3: Defending against a Minority Attack
Through knowledge of how difficult it is to convert f- and h-pawns, an improved line was found by GM Bojkov in the paradoxical Rook retreat.
This allows Black to keep a e-pawn, which is much easier to convert.
Lesson 6: Hold on to the e-pawn. Don't rush or give counterplay
In the game I rushed to capture with 41. ... Kxh4. Had I appreciated the importance of keeping the e-pawn (and not the h-pawn), this analysis shows how to position the Rook to defend the e-pawn and allow the f-pawn to advance.
Lesson 7: h- and f-pawns advanced to 3rd rank is a win