Analysis Medley #2: When You have No Idea
Hey everyone, this time I'm here with 4 games, and not all of them are miserable! I decided to post all of them at once in this second analysis medley of mine. Let's go right ahead.
1) When you have no idea:
Have you ever played a game, in which you had no idea about what's going on from beginning to end? Well, I did! This was easily the most complicated, most messy game I have ever played in my life, and after putting in hours of analysis in it, I still don't have a clue about the resulting position.
We followed the rapid game between Kramnik-Seirawan at the rapid section of Amber Blindfold 1994 (yes, there was a time Kramnik and Seirawan were actually opponents), in which I doubt even these top players clearly understood everything happening on the board. That game ended in Kramnik's favour:
Another completely natural looking move, right? But in reality, this was a mistake. White can win his pawn back here, do you see how?
I'm not sure why my opponent played this move, perhaps to pile up on the c pawn with Nd7, Na6 etc. I thought a lot about my next move here, and I think I found a good one. What would you play as white?
14...Nbd7 15.fxe5 Nh5 16.Nd6! Rxe5 (16...Re7 17.Bd4 Nxe5? 18.Bxe5 Rxe5 19.Rxf7) 17.Rxf7 Bxd6? 18.cxd6 Qxd6 (Qc8? 19.Bd4) 19.Rd1!
Let's see how inaccurate they were now, in the subvariations:
4) Finally, a trophy!
To call this a trophy may sound a little cheap, as in the end, I won due to a horrendous blunder of my opponent, which is obviously not frequent in his play, and I should consider myself lucky. However, this one piece is one of the very rare games where I managed to play almost without any significant inaccuracies, and even made some subtle positional maneuvering!
Black's first mistake. Brobably black thought losing a tempo with the bishop here wasn't a problem, as it was hitting the h pawn twice, but that wasn't quite the case. Do you see the refutation here?
White's positional edge here, with the bishop pair against two knights and the dark square weakness, stopping black from castling, should be decisive. But how to carry on?
Black can't capture the bishop due to mate in one and resigns.
So, this was all. As a conclusion, I could perhaps make a general assessment of my play:
I have begun pulling off some good moves like that Nb5, Qc3&Qa3 maneuver in game 4, f4 in game 3, but my play, as you have especially seen from the notes in the 3rd game, is still full of blunders. I can't back up my ideas with accurate and objective calculation, and I just couldn't score the forced win in the first game in that puzzle-like position. I hope cutting down on my games will help.
Thanks to all my opponents for the games, and thanks for reading, hope I could make it worthwhile. All analysis here and in my previous blog posts is done with the help of Rybka 3 Human and sometimes Deep Fritz 11.
I appreciate feedback & comments!