Another live game I lost...any suggestions?

NoHaxJustLuck

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

edwardfinch28

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.

agisdon

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

edwardfinch28

Dang text sucks 

edwardfinch28

Omg I need my laptop. Phones the worse

edwardfinch28

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.

MickinMD

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.

scott88688

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.

LM_player

 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.