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munnu_jain
munnu_jain
Feb 1, 2014, 9:12 AM |
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Hello and welcome to the reboot of my blog! 
There's three chess puzzles below!

 

During the last  years I've been slightly less involved with chess, but I'm coming back to it, as chess players always seem to do. Therefore, it also made sense to me pick up my blog. I've always liked writing and what better way to get more fun out of your games than sharing them?


The title of this blog is "The moves that we didn't play", and I've chosen it because I'm under the expression that chess games are just as much about the moves that aren't played as those that are. In this I'm more or less echoing Kasparov who once said:

"The highest art of the chessplayer lies in not allowing your opponent to show you what he can do."
 
In Chess, planning ahead requires us to envision all that could happen, and then planning our way through this labyrinth of possibilities. Fun and challenging as this is, it's not easy and even Magnus Carlsen recently said that sometimes "the game seems to be more about who is the least bad player than who is the best".

While I'm willing to suspend my disbelief and accept that even Carlsen feels that way sometimes, I think this quote is (unfortunately) much more apt for me and players at my level. In honour of this truth, we will look at three unplayed moves during one of my recent games.

Let's get to it!

 

 Game part I

RC_Woods (1509) vs. NN (1526)
Live Chess | Chess.com | 31 Jan 2014 | ECO: C53 | 1-0
1. e4e52. Nf3Nc63. Bc4Bc54. c3a6?!the text move is ..Nf6, this gives white too much to say in the center. 
5. d4exd46. cxd4Ba77. Nc3h68. O-OMaybe a bit too cautious, white can afford some agression with Qb3 here. 
(8. Qb3)8... Nge79. d5b510. Be2Na511. e5?This, apparantly, is too eager and misses a chance to bully the black knight on a5. 
(11. b4Nc412. a4this is what the engine suggests (12. Bxc4This would have been the straightforward thing to calculate 12... bxc413. Qe2O-O14. Qxc4)12... c613. dxc6dxc614. Qxd8+Kxd815. axb5cxb516. Bxc4bxc4where despite material equality the score is about +2,2 )11... d612. Bf4If black now castles the score is about even 
12... Nb713. b4I wanted to prevent the knight intrusion via c5. 
13... Ng614. Bg3O-O15. Re1= 
15... dxe516. Nxe5?This is a mistake. 
16... Nxe517. Bxe5And we reach the first move which 'wasn't played'. 

 Puzzle

Black to Move
I can't speak for my opponent, but personally I missed this resource completely during the game.

Game part 2

 

RC_Woods (1509) vs. NN (1526)
Live Chess | Chess.com | 31 Jan 2014 | ECO: C53 | 1-0
1. e4e52. Nf3Nc63. Bc4Bc54. c3a65. d4exd46. cxd4Ba77. Nc3h68. O-O(8. Qb3)8... Nge79. d5b510. Be2Na511. e5?(11. b4Nc412. a4this is what the engine suggests (12. Bxc4This would have been the straightforward thing to calculate 12... bxc413. Qe2O-O14. Qxc4)12... c613. dxc6dxc614. Qxd8+Kxd815. axb5cxb516. Bxc4bxc4where despite material equality the score is about +2,2 )11... d612. Bf4If black now castles the score is about even 
12... Nb713. b4I wanted to prevent the knight intrusion via c5. 
13... Ng614. Bg3O-O15. Re1= 
15... dxe516. Nxe5?Nxe5[[17. Bxe5Nd6(17... Qh418. Bg3Qxb4-0, 75 )18. Bd3this seemed to me a logical move making both my rook and bishop more active. 
18... Qg5Here I thought creating an isolated pawn on d6 with an immediate knight manouevre to attack it would be nice. 
(18... Qh4now this isn't as bad because I have enough piece activity to win back the pawn 19. Ne4Nxe420. Rxe4Qxf2+21. Kh1Bd722. Bxc7)19. Bxd6cxd620. Ne4Qxd5?Now we reach the second move that was missed.. 
Puzzle

White to Move
Annoyingly, I did see what I missed here during the game saddling me with this feeling of self-loathing for playing too fast and the sensation of 'now I really must win or it's just too painful'.

Game part 3

RC_Woods (1509) vs. NN (1526)
Live Chess | Chess.com | 31 Jan 2014 | ECO: C53 | 1-0