Another one that got away #15

LuckyDan74

You know the theme by now, I thought I would share a game where I got ahead thanks to a blunder by my opponent and then failed to convert by making a similar blunder of my own, followed by another mistake. I do this a lot. I see things that aren't there or don't think through the follow-up properly, I then make another mistake almost straight away and it leads to defeat, in this case a draw.

There's probably not a lot to take from this one, although the opening was a bit sketchy, castling 0-0-0 didn't feel right.

I put this draw down to three things.

1. Moving my king away from the bishop leaving it unprotected.

2. Not thinking the knight sacrifice through properly.

3. Not taking a deep breath and re-assessing the situation after the knight loss, allowing my opponent an advantage.

Any comments appreciated as always. Thanks.

 

eric0022

18. Bxa6 bxa6 19. Rb1 looks quite okay. While the Black bishop can still escape, Black's position is just too cramped.

 

Sometimes we just happen to have days when we are not on form. I have been in a situation before, where I had planned a sacrifice, and I did not realise (until I executed my moves) that the f8 Black bishop (from its original position!) was already defending a b4 Black knight.

Rat1960

Cambridge Springs:
1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Ndd7 5. e3 c6 6. Nf3 Qa5 7. Nd2 Bb4 8. Qc2
I used to play a lot as black, even winning the odd game where white on move 5. missed the Bb4+ at the end of the tactics.

So we get to 8. and rather with deal with fork and pins with Rc1, castling is tried.
Now me I would have exchanged knights, ... Ba3+ played ... d6 and castled.

Ends up with crazy. 11. Kd2 as that defends the pawn, attacks the queen and you have Qc2 which puts the king on that square with an exchange.
15. ... d5 playing hope (exchange) chess is a better choice, still bust though.
16. Bd6!
17. c5 ? not sure what is wrong 17. Bd3 attacking the k-side white squares and black cannot defend any of them with the minor pieces.
Black might have Kd8, Nc7 but white would have Nh4, Ng6
18. Bc4 oh. 18. Rb1 to prevent ... b5
20. Kd3. I see, not satisfied with blocking your q-bishop diagonals you also want to block your k-bishop. Better Kd2
21. Bc4. Sigh. 21. Ra1 as rook and knight are trapped and your knight can swing to c4
22. Ke2. Again, rooks go on half-open files all the more so when there are two passed pawns charging up the board.
The move also leaves you k-bishop hanging. This is the reverse of a move that threatens two things.

You are not looking two moves deep Dan.
I am inclined to invent: 1 move deep = 1400, 2 moves = 1600, 3 moves = 1800, 4 moves = 2000.

At 25. You have a plan. Get the knight involved making it RRN v RPP
27. Nxb3 Wow?! There was me thinking Nc4 ( it covers b2,a3 ) can go to b6.
I note a tempo might have to go on the king due to the queening rectangle.

Yes. Your introduction note 3.
Clearly it is 28. RxRa6 NxRa6 29. Rxb3 Re8 30. Rb6 Ra8, with just enough to win.

32. ... Kd5, just as well he missed ... b2
36. f3 by the way as 36. f4 is losing.
36. ... e4?? (e5xd4+)
Now it is dead drawn. Do not press for a lost win or you will lose.

Oh 46. ... Qb1+ ?? ( ... Qe8, ... Qc8 and 0-1 )

 

TS_theWoodiest

I don't understand 17. c5. Your bishop isn't out of the game. In fact, I would say it's best on e2 or d3 or you can even try to swing your knight into g6 with 17.Nh4.

 

Also, you might want to put some study into king and pawn endgames. Not to be rude but from this one game I can safely say that the endgame is your weakest link.

LuckyDan74

Darren, I'll get back to you.... thanks happy.png

TS, 17. c5 was initially to take his knight out of the game but then after some thought I decided I wanted it on c4 as I honestly believed this was the best square for it. Developing the bishop was the overall thought process. It's OK you won't be the first or last to say my endgame is in need of work!

apotosaurus
LuckyDan74 wrote:

You know the theme by now, I thought I would share a game where I got ahead thanks to a blunder by my opponent and then failed to convert by making a similar blunder of my own, followed by another mistake. I do this a lot. I see things that aren't there or don't think through the follow-up properly, I then make another mistake almost straight away and it leads to defeat, in this case a draw.

There's probably not a lot to take from this one, although the opening was a bit sketchy, castling 0-0-0 didn't feel right.

I put this draw down to three things.

1. Moving my king away from the bishop leaving it unprotected.

2. Not thinking the knight sacrifice through properly.

3. Not taking a deep breath and re-assessing the situation after the knight loss, allowing my opponent an advantage.

Any comments appreciated as always. Thanks.

 

The knight sacrifice was the winning idea. However, you should have played the intermediate move Bxb8 first so when you take the pawn, the rook on a6 would be unprotected

Kmatta

In the end, at around move 39 you had a won king and pawn ending. All you needed to do was play Kb3 force Ke6 play Kc4, d5 then Kd4. You force the win back of the d5 pawn, you win the d7 pawn and go gobble up the rest of them. Obviously moves 27-28 was where you miscalculated and had a worse position. The 39.Ka5 was a bad idea, it did not work out so well in the game, yet your opponent messed up and let you escape with a draw. If he/she had found 46...Qe6, guarding c8, it would have been very easy. The computer announces mate in 7!

TS_theWoodiest
apotosaurus wrote:
LuckyDan74 wrote:

You know the theme by now, I thought I would share a game where I got ahead thanks to a blunder by my opponent and then failed to convert by making a similar blunder of my own, followed by another mistake. I do this a lot. I see things that aren't there or don't think through the follow-up properly, I then make another mistake almost straight away and it leads to defeat, in this case a draw.

There's probably not a lot to take from this one, although the opening was a bit sketchy, castling 0-0-0 didn't feel right.

I put this draw down to three things.

1. Moving my king away from the bishop leaving it unprotected.

2. Not thinking the knight sacrifice through properly.

3. Not taking a deep breath and re-assessing the situation after the knight loss, allowing my opponent an advantage.

Any comments appreciated as always. Thanks.

 

The knight sacrifice was the winning idea. However, you should have played the intermediate move Bxb8 first so when you take the pawn, the rook on a6 would be unprotected

 

Off topic, but how does one accumulate a ~2500 rating in tactics and lessons yet only have a 1600-1700 rating elsewhere? There must be some major weakness that if fixed would catapult your performance. Or perhaps the tactics and lessons are inflated in general?

Rat1960

#7.  @kmatta
SF line: 39.Kb3 Ke6 40.Kc4 Kf6 41.d5 Kf7 42.Kd4 Kf6 43.d6 Kf7 44.Kc3 Ke8 45.Kc4 Kd8 46.Kd4 Ke8

But what about 40. ... d6 instead. 

LuckyDan74
Kmatta wrote:

In the end, at around move 39 you had a won king and pawn ending. All you needed to do was play Kb3 force Ke6 play Kc4, d5 then Kd4. You force the win back of the d5 pawn, you win the d7 pawn and go gobble up the rest of them. Obviously moves 27-28 was where you miscalculated and had a worse position. The 39.Ka5 was a bad idea, it did not work out so well in the game, yet your opponent messed up and let you escape with a draw. If he/she had found 46...Qe6, guarding c8, it would have been very easy. The computer announces mate in 7!

Yeah I did say in my notes my opponent was as bad as me at end games happy.png

From what I have managed to learn myself I thought the idea was to mop up the pawns d7 and c6 with my king so that c and d pawns can progress and hopefully queen. I don't think I would have found your Kb3 move in a million years. It's difficult to understand the thought process I am supposed to adopt to be honest.

LuckyDan74

Thanks Darren....

So we get to 8. and rather with deal with fork and pins with Rc1, castling is tried.
Now me I would have exchanged knights, ... Ba3+ played ... d6 and castled.

I don't see how I could have exchanged knights at move 8 and not sure how I Ba3+ is played? I've not been drinking honest!

 

Ends up with crazy. 11. Kd2 as that defends the pawn, attacks the queen and you have Qc2 which puts the king on that square with an exchange. Now that makes sense, didn't even see that move.

17. c5 ? not sure what is wrong 17. Bd3 attacking the k-side white squares and black cannot defend any of them with the minor pieces. c5 is getting some bad press! Yeah I guess Bd3 is a better square. As I said in my notes I wanted to wipe out the knight with Bxa6 leaving black doubled pawns on the a file, I then reconsidered and thought Bc4 looked good. 


18. Bc4 oh. 18. Rb1 to prevent ... b5. Not sure about this one either, if b5 I can't take with the rook on b1 can I?


20. Kd3. I see, not satisfied with blocking your q-bishop diagonals you also want to block your k-bishop. Better Kd2 sad.pngsad.png


You are not looking two moves deep Dan.
I am inclined to invent: 1 move deep = 1400, 2 moves = 1600, 3 moves = 1800, 4 moves = 2000. Interesting thought. I am just trying to stay above 1200 at live chess these days happy.pnghappy.pnghappy.png

 

I'm a bit lost with the end game, that's why I didn't/couldn't analyse it. Thanks for these suggestions though. Always good alternative moves to consider when you go over my games!

Rat1960

Now me I would have exchanged knights, ... Ba3+ played ... d6 and castled.
Dan I meant 8. ... Ne4xNc3 9. b2xNc3 Ba3+ I was playing for team black at the time ;-)

Rat1960

18. Bc4? I would have played 18. Rb1 if 18. ... b5? 19 c5xb5(ep) a7xb6 20. Rxb6. 

SmithyQ

 

Rat1960

#14 The better I have gotten at chess, the more I appreciate completely limiting counter-play.
Dan does have trouble with that concept. He is somewhat at the hanging stage which does not help.  

ghost_of_pushwood

Well, I like c5.  Only I might've played it a move earlier, and with the idea of trading down.  If 16... Nb8 you just take it and his bishop is buried.  And if 16... b5 17 cb ab 18 Bxa6 followed by Ra1.

Still, it's hard to argue with 16 Bd6.  Especially if 16... f6 is the only thing Black has. grin.png  After that you can try 17 Bd3 (as Rat suggested).  Or perhaps 17 h4 (with the idea of h5).  And of course Nh4 suggests itself as well.

And on the 18th move (like eric et al said), 18 Bxa6 leaves Black with a thoroughly dismal position.  

A bit later on, 21 e4 looks like it should be leading to something good.

LuckyDan74

SmithyQ, many thanks again for your help and the variation as to what could have/should have happened. Seems to simple now with your board illustration. I hadn't realised the black rook was so trapped. I guess black may have tried some pawn moves towards my king but essentially you are right, this is irrelevant. I simply hadn't taken into account how well the situation should have been by taking the knight with the bishop and then slowly going about moving pieces forwards.

I will take more time when faced with such thoughts in future!

LuckyDan74
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Well, I like c5.  Only I might've played it a move earlier, and with the idea of trading down.  If 16... Nb8 you just take it and his bishop is buried.  And if 16... b5 17 cb ab 18 Bxa6 followed by Ra1.

Still, it's hard to argue with 16 Bd6.  Especially if 16... f6 is the only thing Black has.   After that you can try 17 Bd3 (as Rat suggested).  Or perhaps 17 h4 (with the idea of h5).  And of course Nh4 suggests itself as well.

And on the 18th move (like eric et al said), 18 Bxa6 leaves Black with a thoroughly dismal position.  

A bit later on, 21 e4 looks like it should be leading to something good.

Thank you for your comments and thoughts. It's good to know someone liked c5 even if perhaps it was delayed! happy.png

OK 17 h4 ... h5 is a thought, I guess it prevents black from getting his pawns forwards.

I think now that if I had played Bxa6 as originally debated in my mind, this game would not have made the forums. 

I am not too sure of the purpose of 21 e4, is it to try and remove the pawn on f6 and weakening the black king some more?

ghost_of_pushwood

angling for d5