I ask you to analyze my game again. Especially I am interested in the opening and what should white aim to do in the endgame postion.
Hey guys, any activity?:)
4.e5So this is now an advance french structure. White will try to generate attacks on the kingside with his extra space there and black will pressure the pawn chain mainly at d4.
So we see this is a less favorable way to enter this structure because your knight on c3 blocks the c pawn from supporting d4 and it also doesn't help white's attacking ideas. Black's most logical move is 4...c5 now.
Instead it was better to just contine development with a move like 4.Nf3
4...g6Other than being yet another pawn move (the opening is about bringing your pieces out) this doesn't help pressure d4 and with another pawn on a light square, black's dark squares look tender now.
8. 0-0I like this move. I might consider also 8.h4 (with attacking ideas) or 8.Ne2 also with a kingside attack in mind (Ne2 frees the c pawn to defend d4 while brining another piece to the kingside).
10.Bf4The bishop was much better on g5 where it pinned the knight and was hitting those dark squares. Bf4 is a solid but passive move. Better is 10.dxc5. Yes the c5 knight looks active now, but notice it's black only well placed minor piece! In contrast after Bf4 his e7 knight and queen are more free and you lost an active minor piece.
16.Nd4Nd6 is a good outpost I think but if you play it here there's the tactic d4 forking your bishop and knight. So Nd4 was a good choice for tactical reasons.
19.Na4This doesn't look bad to me, but I wonder if you considered completing your development with a queen move (connecting your rooks).
20.c4 / 22.Bxc4You're right about having better moves available here.
23.a3Not a bad tactical idea. Black can try to sidestep it though with 23...Re8 and the skewer is gone but your pieces are still forked. If I was going to save one of them by the way it would be the bishop because of all those light sqaures around my king (and the knight on the rim is harder to make active).
24...Nc5Yes, black blundered.The end of the game looks even. Black's pawns are doubled on the a file but your b pawn is backward. Both sides look too solid for either to win.
Thank a lot for your commentary.
Now I need some time to comprehend your ideas and to recall the game