In-Depth Analysis of a Tournament Game
In this post, I am going to analyze one game in more depth than any I have ever analyzed before. This is a game from the Mid-Atlantic Class Scholastic Championship tournament which was held at Perryville Middle School a few weeks ago. The game is against a 6th grader named Tad Mrozek, whom I had beaten before at the Eastern Open after he blundered a knight for no compensation in the opening. This game, unfortunately, was a bad loss and I want to look at it.
The first thing I will do is reproduce the game here with exactly no annotations. Here you will just see the moves that were played (and the moment when he offered a draw and I declined will also be noted).
Part 1: No Annotations
Without annotations, you can still see some important aspects of the game. For example, the opening allowed white to gain a large space advantage, and black undermined the white center with the timely move ...e6. Furthermore, there were several moments of tactical importance, specifically white's idea of 13. Bxb8 followed by 14. Nxg5, and the sequence starting with 22. dxe6. Finally, we can see that the game simplified in black's favor, as he was able to push his c-pawn without white having any way of stopping it.
So next, I will mention some of the things that I remember thinking as I was playing, and attempt to annotate the game without deep analysis. This is just what I am thinking as I look back through the game, and what I remember having thought at the board. No engines or databases will be used and I will not make much effort to analyze too deeply by myself, either.
Part 2: My Thoughts (No Real Analysis)
Remember, the above is simply my memory of my thoughts at the time, as well as what I am thinking immediately when I go back and look at the game.
Now the game will be broken into the relevant sections. First is the opening. As you can see above, I believed that my opponent's 5...dxc4 was wrong, but I may not have played correctly against it. In this section, I will be using the help of the database at 365chess.com.
Part 3: The Opening (With Database Statistics)
Now it is time to get my hands dirty- I will do my best now to analyze this game with no engine, just using a board and moving the pieces around, with the goal of finding the best move in every position in this game after the opening (which ended on move 8 after we went out of book). This is the hardest step. After I finish with this, I will then check with Fritz 12 to see what it has to say.
Part 4: Dry Analysis (No Engine)
Part 6: Putting It All Together