Game #1. Castle Early!
This blog shall post, in fact the account of not only a game
but of a process- and this process shall include
- A played game and audio notes made when I played the game
- A review of that game and a second guessing of major moves of that game
- Analysis of the game with deep analysis showing major errors of the game; concentrating mostly on my own errors
- an account of any of achievement I see in that game. (see for a description of my personal account of achievements)
- analysis of major decisive positions; with a focus on improvements
Second pass through the game. it is clear that looked at a second time...
- Play Qa4 early (if you decline to play an immediate Nc3) and now there is no pin
- Qh5 was a major opportunity to O-O. and if black finds a while to hold the position better, still its difficult to develop the knight
- Be4 was a speculative idea. perhaps white keeps it together with Rb1 but white needed to see that that variation before it played Be4
- Blacks decision to set up the skewer in the face of checkmate was blind. and lost the game.
the engine saw several; many of them complex tactical sequences I didn't see ( a few of them perhaps I should have)
*12 Bd3? the computers sees a really interesting idea- with an immediate attack on Qxc7. yes black replies with a quick Rc8, but its not easy at all to see how black could have won the pawn, and most of white's positional pressure remains. Loses a pawn because white should have forced the Q to exchange
*15 Qb7? Another lost opportunity- moving the b pawn instead of Queen gives black no easy way to defend against the additional promotion pawn- the computer thinks white must win a piece with this move
*17 Rc1? here's another tricky idea that works. Ne5 and when black takes on c3 a simple move of whites king makes black unaligned for further attacks
*18 Rc2? another case of unflexible thinking. if White immediately sacs the Queen (Qxf7) the move Ne5 will fork the king. even with best defense; black must lose a pawn.
and why should white do this? because black can trap the king; if it makes a more senseable move with his knight.
but blacks doesn't see his opportunities either- and to skewer the king while one move from mate doesn't work....