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As you can tell, I'm pretty new to chess. I'm pretty pleased with this game, though, I felt like the pieces coordinated really well, which led to white resigning pretty quickly. I would love it if an expert here could give me a few key pointers from the game --- where did I, and my opponent, oversee some potentially dangerous challenges I faced during the game, for instance, and where did I make particularly good moves? Any general tips I could take with me to work on?
Before I forget, I'm black, he's white.
I'm black, I never brought out my queen. :P
2...e5 weakens the diagonal a bit much in my opinion as well as creating a hole on d5. Better is e6. Now the bishop looks strong against the f7 square.
3...Nh6 drops the e pawn.
4...g6 also drops the e pawn but this time you lose your rook with it. This should lose the game instantly.
5...d5 is obviously a good move.
7...a6 is a waste of time but doesn't matter, you're easily winning.
The rest was comfortable enough, your opponent just threw his pieces away.
Well, I'm definitely no expert, but even I can that you won quickly because White blundered away his Queen, then a second piece. Of course, a win is a win.
Hee ! Hee ! Should have said white brought the Queen out too soon and in a cavalier manner. You punished that error and prevailed.
Far from punishing it, he actually should have lost the game to it.
NM Dan Heisman calls that opening "the High school opening", as he says he used to get that opening a lot in highschool. It's an opening you'll see many beginners play paired with an attack with the queen.
Best answer to 2.Bc4 is e6 with the intention of playing d5 later on.
As a good rule of thumb, don't play e5 and c5 together.
3...Qe7 would have been much better.
How can you play g7 If you mean g6 it loses to Qxe5
Ooops, very common in me. Editing!
Thanks, guys! I felt uncomfortable in the start, but couldn't pinpoint why. I see now g6 is headless and I got lucky he retreated the queen.
The lesson then would be not to move the g7 or b7 pawns before you have protection on the c6 / f6 squarez, either from another piece or by having the time to get the bishop to b7/g7. Got it! :)
And Scott, thanks for the tip, and the step-by-step analysis! Really helpful! I'll remember that rule of thumb!
Aetheldred, why would you prefer Qe7 to e6? I thought one should try and wait with moving the queen before developing other pieces?
@15 he was talking about move 3, to protect the f7 square (as well as the e5 pawn). It does cause some problems developing your bishop/knight, but with the placement of the white queen you should get time to play g6 as the queen will have to move, and develop your bishop that way.
Both players made a lot of tactical mistakes in this game. What was the time control?
You missed some tactical ideas and some variations that are only two moves deep, though you were able to see 5...d5! which was the move of the game. I suggest you work on tactics, thought process, and calculation, and play some games where you have time to think about each move.