Your Games Analyzed - Third Edition

NM ih8sens
Sep 19, 2015, 9:26 PM |

Sorry for the delay!  Work got crazy combined with a string of fairly poor submissions and then after a week or so without a new blog, the game submissions stopped and blah blah blah...

Anyway, here we are.

This is a bit of a misleading title because the person who asked me to analyze this was playing me.

Nonetheless, it's a neat game.  On my part it shows the value of avoiding unneccesary prophylaxis.  

I'll include my opponents notes in (brackets) as usual.

So... some notes.

- Making the best of a bad position is often good enough to win.  Against good defense, an attacker may overestimate his position and give you chances to "hang on" and win.  

- When under pressure, it's a good idea to slow down and calculate the best defense very carefuly.  If you're in a lot of trouble, it's not a bad idea to choose lines full of traps.

- At all levels, chess comes down to tactics.  The more you study, the better you get.  Improved tactical ability also aids in time management, as you don't have to slog through difficult lines over and over again to make sure you didn't miss anything.

- A weak king makes realizing a winning advantage much harder.  

- Sometimes (rarely) the 'practical' consolidating choice, is better than the objectively best move.  We want to win, not walk a tightrope trying to be perfect.

Anyways, that's about it.  This will be the first and last time I use one of my own games to write this particular blog.

If you would like to have one of your games analyzed, please send it to me via private message.  


You must not have won the game.

The time control must be 30 minutes per side or longer.

You must send me an annotated copy of the game.  The more thorough your notes, the more likely I'll feature it in my blog.