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Comments welcome on this Semi-Slav

  • #1

    I was black, please give any comments and explanations so I can improve. The only thing I can say is that after move 22.Qf4, I decided to trade queens and anything else. It looks like my opponent did a mouseslip at the end though.

     

     

  • #2

    Well, it could be thought of as a semi-Slav by transposition. Your first mistake was 5. ...Be7. It does count as a mistake because it goes to d6 here, whereas e7 is far too passive and doesn't seek to take advantage of white's extremely passive opening. Then you played 6. ... 0-0, letting white get away with not having to move his d3 bishop twice. Normal would have been 6. ...dc. Your opponent completely threw away the better position you gave him with 9. Nxd7, losing his well-placed piece. You completely outplayed white from then on until you threw it away by swapping queens. Didn't you even consider 21. ...e3? I know it's complicated but you seem to be breaking through first and it should be a clear win.

  • #3

    After the mouse slip, I saw the clear win grin.png. Thanks for your comments. I will study this game more and improve.

     

    As for the first comment, I used to play Bb4 a lot, and then I changed to Be7. Now, I will look into Bd6. I thought it robbed the Q of that square if it needed it later.

  • #4

    8...Nxe5 9.d3 Nxe5 is pretty ugly for White. But if not for this 8...ed looks better because you open the diagonal for your bishop on c8 to enter the game.

     

    Why not 9...Bxd7 just developing the piece? You're also closer to being able to use the c-line.

     

    14...Bh4 looks a bit much since White will never capture here and there are no tactics on g3. Maybe something simple like 14...Rc7 is ok.

     

    18...e5 19.Bxd5 doesn't work. 18...Be7 I guess is better.

     

    29...e3 isn't good because you don't want to trade pawns when you're winning unless you have a good reason to. Also the pawn on e4 could become passed. 29...Rc2 looks better since 30.f3 ef 31.Rxf3 Rxh2 wins a pawn.

  • #5

    5 should be d7, the idea is to not move the dark squared bishop before you play c5 and if he moves the light squared bishop you gain tempo by taking on c4 then push b5 put your light squared bishop on b7 play a6 to cover the b5 pawn then play c5 and crush him... good luck.

  • #6

    8. cxd5 locks in your whitesquared bishop for ever better to play exd5 to let it support your kingside attack later, you can stop any e4 ideas and lock out his bishops on the queen side that way.

    17. bh7 does nothing in my opinion better f5 to cover the knight then play h4 and crush him. The knight on g4 can not really be kicked without undefending the white king.

    Your opponent played very passive so you got to hit him fast and hard, 

  • #7

    If they want to improve, people should look at 21. ...e3, without an engine, although that might be too difficult for them! Then discuss it!

  • #8
    Optimissed wrote:

    If they want to improve, people should look at 21. ...e3, without an engine, although that might be too difficult for them! Then discuss it!

    how do you deal with 22. bxd4?

  • #9

    Do you know why your 10...b6 was good, and a standard move? Well, at least one reason is it covers c5.

    Knowing that, it's easy to see why White's a3-b4 was pretty silly giving you both the c4 square and the a5 pawns break. I would have gone for queenside play involving the moves Nc4 and a5 (and of course keep the rook on a8 when you're doing this).

    But your kingside play was actually interesting, and with many of his pieces on the queenside it was a good idea.

    Your move 17 was silly, his move 19 was silly, and I sort of stopped looking at that point, but just wanted to make those two points 1) queenside play was normal 2) after what white did (e.g. move 15) kingside play was interesting and not bad.

  • #10
    hello234567 wrote:
    Optimissed wrote:

    If they want to improve, people should look at 21. ...e3, without an engine, although that might be too difficult for them! Then discuss it!

    how do you deal with 22. bxd4?>>>

    Do you mean 22. Bxd4? That's the correct notation, with a capital.
    I hadn't even considered it. It looks completely lost for white though? Can you see the continuation after 22. ... ef+?

     

  • #11
    Optimissed wrote:
    hello234567 wrote:
    Optimissed wrote:

    If they want to improve, people should look at 21. ...e3, without an engine, although that might be too difficult for them! Then discuss it!

    how do you deal with 22. bxd4?>>>

    Do you mean 22. Bxd4? That's the correct notation, with a capital.
    I hadn't even considered it. It looks completely lost for white though? Can you see the continuation after 22. ... ef+?

     

    Reposting this because the 1st post vanished:

    My next move is: 23. ... Rxf2

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