Your Games Analyzed - Second Edition

NM ih8sens
Jun 4, 2015, 5:54 AM |

Another interesting game with an instructive ending!

My notes in regular text.  Player's notes are in (brackets).

So... A few lessons:
  • - Again, a very solid opening, but solid can mean passive if you aren't careful.
  • - In a position where white has a minority attack and you have very little going on... you need to prevent the minority attack.  At least slow it down until you can start in the center/kingside.
  • - Drawn endgames are seldom equal.  Usually one side has slight pressure, and the more 'simplified' the game gets, the harder it is to deal with that pressure.  Counterintuitive, but true.
  • - When under pressure in the endgame, active counterplay should always be the first choice.  Calculate the active option thoroughly and you'll usually be surprised to find it works.  If it doesn't, the passive line is likely lost anyways, so get tricky I guess. 
  • - In rook endgames, the defensive side should usually look to get the h5,g6,f7 pawn structure set up.  It provides king safety, and if white wants to gain space (ie, play for the win) he'll have to allow many pawn trades.
  • - That said, how do we hold a pawn on the 7th with an active vs passive rook? Let's see.

You might be surprised to note that even this is an easy draw..



  So is this...



Okay you get the point :).


Good luck in your next games! And thanks for the submission!



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