The Amateur Analyzes his game Post2
The Amateur Analyzes his game part2
Hello chess.com community im here again for my game blog. As usual, no computer analysis is used in the annotiations.Just plain old me analyzing the games and sharing some insights as to what drives me to play some radical moves. And of course i included the ideas i gained from studies and books. So once again if youre a 1600 and above.... well...this might not be for you.To the rest who still want to play over this blog...thanks very much and i hope you enjoy.
1460 vs me
1. e4 c6
2. d4 d5
3. e5 Na6
It has just been months since i took up this defense as black. From a study of Fischer's games it was always the sicilian defense for me with the najdorf as Fischer's games as reference and the schevenigen with kasparovs approach. I would study their games with these openings with black not to memorize the moves but to get along the game and understand were it leads to. The text move is known as the Kavalek variation of the Caro-kann. I took it up form FM Eric Schillers book "Complete defense to king pawn openings: Caro-kann defense" I have won lots of endgames and games with it (blitz and long both 5mins or 25 min games). My loses with it were typical blunders. It fits my tastes coz of it although cramp game there is a space for maneuvering within my territory. It is less criticized both positively and negatively thus making it all the more appealing to me. I can therefore experiment with it win or lose i dont care as long as im playing the opening im comfortable with its basically ok for me. The inspiration for the choice in the opening is from what i learned from Senior Master Buckley's book "Practical chess analysis" were he states a player to challenge the annotator. Thus this is how i came up with the Kavalek line.
Sometimes it pays to play on unfamiliar lines. Book move was 4.Ba6 Qa5ch 5.Nc3 Qa6. I think white is trying to approach ...c5 with the idea of giving black an isolated pawn or either he has mixed -up a panov line.
4. .... Nc7
5. c5 Bf5
Get em out!.. Sadly white gave up the tension in the center by closing it. So its obvious now where both sides can attack. Probably thinking that my knight is doomed at c7, white closed in on playing c5. Looking at the board it looks like white takes tha advantage, he really does . Blacks position is cramped and the only breathing space is the threat on the king wing and unless i could create some real threats ill remain cramped for the whole game. Mind you, not all amateurs like me are comfortable with this kind of position.
6. Nd2 e6
7. Ngf3 Be7
8. Be2 h5
9. O-O h4!?
It seemed that when i play this opening and white castles kingside without exchanging light colored bishops with black castling long, the odds favored me. Ive had lots of experiences with this at 5min games that certain patterns started to register in my head. There seemed to be lots of benefits in continious use of a certain opening. It looks ike famiiarization is taking place inside a players head. 9...g5 was better here then h4 then g4 with a direct attack on the king.
10. h3 g5
11. Nh2 Nh6
12. Bg4 Bxg4
white is playing for simplification here since it is well known in theory that when attacked, try to exchange pieces and simplify.
13. Nxg4 Nf5?
Dangerous! having closed the attack it is just plain and simple to just exchange knights via 13..Ng4 and if 15. Qg4 then 15..Qd7 16. Nf3 0-0-0 17. Bg5 Rdg8 18.Qf4 Qd8. Although a pawn down there is still compensation of an attack (yeah right who is to see it that far ahead amateur? lol). Now it is white if he sees it, who is going for an attack. But this sequence was so vague or shallow during the game that i wasnt sure what power my queen has at d8.
14. Nf3 O-O?
Whites 14th move prepares a knight jump at f6 tempting me to play 14...kf8. The g -pawn is in trouble thus 14... since the king wing is open. 14...Rg8 was called for . A rook for two pieces plus the chance of castling long could be fatal for white. But i couldnt see through the mud when if 14..Rg8 15.nf6 check Bf6 16. ef6 Qf6 17.g4! when 17...hg3ep 18.fg3 Ng3 19.Rf2 Ne4 20. Rg2 and he defends.The remaining question in my mind then was, is my opponent willing to give away a pawn to hold?. After 14..0-0? i immediately saw that i was in deep trouble.
15. Bd2? Kg7
Whites 15th move was a lemon. If 15.Nf6ch Bf6 16. ef6 Qf6 17.Bg5 Qh8 and black is awfully placed coz white has 18.g4! f6 19gf5 fg5 which will soon open the e-file for white and leave him with a better placed knight. Sr. Master Buckley's book intructs to find our achilles heel and protect it. In this game its my f6 square. Well honestly it has always been this square in my carokann games.
16. Qc1 Kg6!
The king is a fighting piece. Steinitz
Trying to make ammends with my previous error , something has to be done. But look at the position. White can make an attack out of this one "clearing lines " All he has to do is coordinate his pieces. He could put the rooks on a battery at the file ,put the knights at the f and g files- and queen on the c diagonal and...viola! He can make a sacrifice of either knights and annihilate blacks position to kingdom come.
17. Kh2?! Nb5
Up until now even after analyzing this game i didnt understand the move 17.Kh2.
18. Bc3 a5
Trying to win space. But looking at the position, white has three pieces attacking the g5 pawn and based from experience three pieces is enough to force a checkmate if not at least a tremendous threat. I think white has an attack here but i could not see it yet. Perhaps my annotiations after move 16 would fit that idea.
19. a4 Nc7
Believe it or not my knight sortie is just meant to take white's attention to the other wing and its primary mission was to distract whites bishop and send it to another place to ease the tension on my g5 pawn. And there is another thing to it. I realized that the knights are the life of black position in the caro-kann. I was impressed by how the late Tigran Petrosian use his knights in this kind of maneuver in his caro-kann games actually even in non-caro-kann games. I've seen it in the book "pertosian vs the elite " and the "life and games of tigran petrosian". I have learned from strong players that it is not enough to have good books, one must also know how to coordinate them for reference and information.I feel like writing a thesis. Back to the game.
20. g3? hxg3+
The move 20.Bd2 was still playable followed by 21.Ra3 then only 22.g3 and proceed with his breakthrough. I firmly beleive his pieces are uncoordinated and this is my chance to coordinate mine. Timing is of the essence in chess as always been said by GM Eugene Torre.
21. fxg3 Ne8!
You may say its funny but i always call this kind of maneuver as "Petrosian maneuver" (although Petrosian never really played the Kavalek line ). And from time to time if given the chance to play them in a critical position i always play it or prepare to play it without hesitation. Beside its what the position require. Whites bishop is strategically placed on the queen wing , even though it should have been on the king wing to serve a more important purpose.
22. Qc2 Neg7
23. h4 Nh5
ahhhh. just in the nick of time.. This does not only threatens to win the g3 pawn but prepares for a possible Nf4 sacrifice after the exhange of the h pawns. Return back to move 22...Neg7...isnt it obvious where its going? We amateur have this habbit of not looking ahaead or seeing our opponents plans even when its starring us in the face. I have lost lots of games with this attitude of not paying attention or totally disregaring my opponents plans.
24. hxg5 Bxg5
The move 24...Nhg3 was also playable preaparing Rh8 but white can defend by playing his king to g1 and putting his queen on g2 then pkaying his queens rook on f3 via a3 later on.
25. Bd2? Bxd2
There was nothing to fear of a possible black attack on e3. The vital pawn on g3 must be protected as the white pieces are not fully coordinated yet. 25.Be1 was correct. I find it strange that my opponents seemed to be confused in a tactical melee coz if he is not then he should have seen 15. Nf6 check. Another maxim that could probably pass in Lasker's axiom: understand your opponents way of thinking.
26. Qxd2 Nhxg3
27. Kg2 Rh8!
There is now way that i would play 27..Nf1 coz logically, it would look like white is a tempo up though an exchange down. My king is exposed and with his newly found coordinated pieces and a strong pawn on e5? Who knows what could happened to me had I taken the rook on f1 (my king is on g6 for crying out loud. lol) . Sometimes it pays not to be materialistic. Yeah ...youve guessed it right...look at the board and see whats coming.
28. Rg1 Ne4
29. Qd3 Nh4+
30. Kf1?? Nxf3
Confused, my opponent now succumbs to the pressure. 30.Nh4! forces him on the edge but he can still survive and gain counter play by 31. Kf3 and place the knight at f2 after 30..Qh4. Of course not 31.Nf6 Qh2 check 32.Kf3 Rh3 but 31.Kf3 Qh3 32. Ke2 and the game is about equal its still a long fight. With the text move the curtains falls all over the white pieces.What was once a promising game for him, swoop passed into a nightmare. It is very true that at our level (amateur) we need to work on tactics. Now the white king need not apply for a divorce...his Queen is dead.
31. Qxf3 Nd2+
32. Ke2 Nxf3
33. Kxf3 Rh3+
34. Ke2 Qg5
35. Nf6 Rg3
With a big advantage its is just right to contain the opponent and bring out the rest of the army. I find no reason to spend more time in finding brilliancy. Even the great Capablanca questions the act of searching for a brilliancy when a simple win presents itself (yup its there in the pages of Capas My Chess career). The game is already in the bag. Practicallity.
36. Kf2 Qf4+
There is no need for extreme imagination of 36...Rg1 37.Rg1 Qg1 38.Kg1 Rh8 then Rh4. Although it was a win it is still quite a long one. In the game i was also contemplating on 36..Qe3 but a move is a move.
37. Ke2 Qe3+
38. Kf1 Rxg1#
I must say that although i kinda liked an idea of a Petrosians approach and applied it to this game via piece maneuvering within ones own territory, I myself is not impressed by how i played. Had my opponent found the correct moves, the battle could have ended earlier and a win for him/her. This is another thing that i have read about ones chess style. and it came from Spassky. The great former world champion once said that he knew his weaknesses and tried to work on it. I guess i have to completely work on it else an opponent with equal strength might find them and convert it to a win. Thanks for reading. Darn ,..i still dont know how to put em boards ya know. lol.