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I tied myself up here - how?

  • #1

    A recent game. I won this after a blunder, but I was somehow tying myself in knots despite a clearly superior position. I was frankly, out of a plan. From move 19, I wasn't really sure what I was doing, and how best to make use of my position. Any thoughts/comments?



  • #2

    white looks like they are having a really bad day or they have a largely inflated rating in my honest opinion.

  • #3

    These aren't chess.com ratings, but yes it was a weak game for white..

  • #4

    It's a difficult position for Black to play.  Your pawns are compromised on both sides, which makes it tough to make progress.

    You were doing a good job of it though.  Even without the blunder, you're ready to simplify either with Bb5 or the idea 27... c5 28 bc b5.

  • #5

    I would have been tempted to play ... c5 on move 19. After all, White can hardly answer 20. b5 axb5 21. Nxb5 Bd3+

  • #6

    yeah, that looks good

  • #7

    I might just be pointing out the obvious, but the fact that white unnecessarily moves his bishop twice in the opening, thus losing tempo, is really unexpected for a player rated as such. Who knows, it might just be my OCD talking. (: Interesting game and thank you for posting!

  • #8

    Just seems like one of those dreaded bad games. White had no clue what they were doing and the position after 27 was obviously in blacks favor.

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