Analyzing my weaknesses!

Hello chess world!  I am Eric Lindauer, chess enthusiast and software author, and I'm trying to make the leap to expert.  Join me on my quest as I take you through the trials and tribulations of a class player trying to make expert!



I played the NC Open this past weekend, and although I got a good result, I came up short in the final game on board 1.  It didn't have to spend much time reflecting on the loss to realize where my game is weak: I'm just not strong enough tactically!  Here's the game:


I lost another short game to a strong player in my Wednesday night club games with a similar theme... castling on opposite sides of the board, and I missed a critical tactic.


How should I attack this weakness?  I plan to spend some time playing both sides of this critical position against the computer.  Not only is it a key position in the Caro-Kann, but my hope is that defending against the fierce attack the computer will drop on me will improve my ability to see my opponent's threats.  Wish me luck!



  • 4 years ago


    Thanks Bab3s!  14...Bxe2 isn't as good as it looks... White plays 15.Re1 and black has more tactical issues to solve.  For example, 15...Bd3 16.f4!? and black has back rank problems.  Houdini says white can do even better than this in fact, so white is doing well.


    I think I missed the e4 idea because it wasn't available when black played Qc6.  I spent quite a while trying to figure out how to break the pin when this move was played (and surprised me).  After Bd4 Ne5? I didn't appreciate the new opportunity that was created.  I had my ideas already, I didn't take enough time to appreciate the newly available resources in the position.


    I think you are right about experience.  I certainly need to play more games against strong opposition.  Thanks for commenting!

  • 4 years ago

    NM Bab3s

    In your line 11...Kb8 12. Bb2 Ncxe5 13. Qxd7 Rxd7 14. Nxd4 Black has 14...Bxe2. In my opinion, your biggest mistake had nothing to do with tactics; it was that you did not appreciate the strength of the pin on the long diagonal enough. If you had known how much trouble the pin was causing you, then you would have certainly played e4, I guarantee it.

    Tough break for you; your opponent was clearly more familiar with the sort of game that developed than you were, and in an opening that can get sharp like the Albin, that's almost enough to decide the game right there. Some experience is also very helpful... wait, why am I telling you that you need more experience? You're twice my age!

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