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Another live game I lost...any suggestions?

  • #21

    The dark squares around whites king are very weak. You could have even landed a sac on h3 or g2...

  • #22

    Chess is the only game where you get better by losing. So I'm the long run the worse you are now the better you'll be late. Chalk it up to experience.

  • #23

    I do not have time to type a paragraph, but to sum it up, you attacked and sacked when you shouldn't have. Just play calm, chill, and wait for your opponent's mistake

  • #24

    Dang text sucks 

  • #25

    Omg I need my laptop. Phones the worse

  • #26

    Or you can get a real game by dominating. Because there are oppents that play flawlessly and you won't be able to capitalize on mistakes. Learn one or the other... attack or counterattack.

  • #27

    Why do you wsnt people to propose better moves and not use a computer?  EVERY game I play here, I do a chess.com analysis to see where I missed something.

    Then, if it's not all clear to me, I use the freeware Lucas Chess, which comes with Stockfish 8, and do a 20-ply analysis with Stockfish 8, which takes about 70 seconds for each move on my 3 GHz quad-core laptop, and get a deeper understanding.

    The chess engines can't tell me things like, "You should not have tried a K-side Pawn Storm, you should have posted your Knight on that c5 outpost and Stormed right up the middle.

    But it can show me where I missed a good 3-move tactic or strong positional move - and I make sure I learn that tactic's or positional motif's name so I'll remember it better in the future.

  • #28

    After 20.Ng4, I think you are right to see that your
    pieces are well-placed. Here is how I would think of
    the position. Material is basically equal and pawn
    structure is basically equal, though there are weak
    dark square around the white king where you can
    place your pieces. The white king is
    in danger, but the black king is safe. The main
    reason the white king is in danger is because all of
    your pieces are pointing either at the center or at
    white's king, especially your two excellent bishops,
    as well as the knight. White's rook at a1 is out of
    the game at the moment. Therefore, temporarily you
    are up a rook. Since you are temporarily ahead by a
    rook and since all your pieces are in good position,
    you should attack quickly, before his a1 rook can
    come to assistance. This is not a time for quiet
    structural moves. But what about white's advantages?
    What does white have going for him. He's got a pin
    on your knight to the queen. That's a bit a trouble.
    I don't see an immediate solution for that. There is
    some other trouble also. The Ng4 is in the way. It's
    a good defender of white's weak king. Also, the Nd4
    is strongly positioned. What are some ideas to
    get those strong defenders out of there? Regarding
    the knight on d4, you could take it with the bishop,
    but that would remove your excellent bishop. Is it
    worth it? Perhaps not. Alternately, you could move
    the bishop back to b6 and then play c5, kicking the
    knight from d4. But that takes two moves. That's a
    long time. Instead, it takes only one move to kick
    the knight on g4. How should you kick it? Should you
    play f5 or h5? 20...f5 would kick the knight, but
    then you are opening you king position up a bit.
    20...h5 is safer and still accomplishes the job.
    Where will he put the knight after you play 20...h5?
    It can't go to Nf2,
    because of checkmate on g2. Therefore, it will go
    to h2 or e3. After that, in general you will
    gravitate your pieces towards the white king, being
    careful not to lose more pieces than your opponent
    so that the material balance is in your favor, but
    being ready to sacrifice material if it signicantly
    exposes the white king, setting it up for checkmate.
    For example, I see ideas of getting your queen to g3,
    then the knight sacrifices itself on h3, then after
    white's gxh3, your bishop on b7 is attacking f3.
    Your rooks want to find ways to inflitrate on second
    rank to access g2. Do not sacrifice pieces unless
    doing so significantly brakes up white's pawn
    structure in front of king, leading to his demise.
    Make your moves count, before his rook on a1 can get
    into the game. Play aggressively, but not dropping
    pieces either.

  • #29

     At move 20. You did not need to exchange your bishop for his knight, it allowed his queen to become more active while voiding your bishop-pair advantage.

    At move 21, you played Re2, which not only hangs a pawn, but allows his queen to put you on the defensive.

    On move 22, you sacrificed your bishop for a pawn (I'll presume you thought it was forked or something), when you could've protected it with Qd5

    And on move 27, g5 allowed your opponent to take both pawns.

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