One of my favorite games I've ever played (queen trap)

kthprog

I think this is one of the most solid games I've ever played, except for the queen blunder on move 43. That was terrible lol. Would love to hear other players' analysis of this game. I have the black pieces.

 

 

SchaakVoorAlles

To start with it was better to hit his Queen with Nf6. 6.g6 takes away your Q-bishop's retreat.  So 6. ... Bb4 is a blunder as 7. g4 wins a piece.  After 7. ... Be4 8. f3 Black has 8. ... Qh4+, but it leads nowhere.  9. Kd1 or (even f1) and although White's pawns are messed up and he cannot castle he is a piece ahead and Black has no threats to show for it . Nor has he sufficient development to create any.

eric0022

14...Bb5!? is probably a nice try worth considering here (you know that the idea is right?)

 

EDIT: I had not paid attention that the bishop on move 14 is already guarding the a6 square! Simply 14...Rab8 wins.

eric0022

33...Bd1! is a nice way to finish the game.

eric0022

Well, in any case you have improved over the past games that you have played.

SchaakVoorAlles

@eric0022

"improved over past games"

Agreed

LycraRose

I singlehandedly saw how white was trying to capture one of your rooks. If you had both rooks, on the 55th move you would stalemate white with Ra1. I am proud of how you managed to avoid the curve white threw at you to capture the remaining threats against it. Such an interesting board!

ghost_of_pushwood

The Q trap was indeed very nice (and quite unusual).

ghost_of_pushwood

Afterwards though you definitely gave the impression of one flailing around a bit.  With such a large material advantage, you should be opening it up, so 22... f6 seems the way to go to me.  Also 30... Rh5 looks to be a largely unmotivated move.  I like 30... Qd8 with the idea of checking on h4.  If 31 Rf4 g5 and g4 looms (with Qh4+ again).

ghost_of_pushwood

Of course, the continuation you played at move 33 was fine.  There was however a slyer possibility (which seems to mate in 6):



 

scrabblechecs

Good game !

kthprog
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Afterwards though you definitely gave the impression of one flailing around a bit.  With such a large material advantage, you should be opening it up, so 22... f6 seems the way to go to me.  Also 30... Rh5 looks to be a largely unmotivated move.  I like 30... Qd8 with the idea of checking on h4.  If 31 Rf4 g5 and g4 looms (with Qh4+ again).

Given my tendency to blunder pieces after I've gained a strong early advantage, I wanted to focus on making my position impenetrable lol. Ironically of course, I blundered my strongest piece later in the game anyways lol. 

kthprog
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Of course, the continuation you played at move 33 was fine.  There was however a slyer possibility (which seems to mate in 6):



 

I'm confused why is this a tactics puzzle lol.

kthprog
kthprog wrote:
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Of course, the continuation you played at move 33 was fine.  There was however a slyer possibility (which seems to mate in 6):



 

I'm confused why is this a tactics puzzle lol.

Oh I see lol. I would sac a rook for mate but only grandmasters are allowed to sac rooks.

eric0022
kthprog wrote:
kthprog wrote:
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Of course, the continuation you played at move 33 was fine.  There was however a slyer possibility (which seems to mate in 6):



 

I'm confused why is this a tactics puzzle lol.

Oh I see lol. I would sac a rook for mate but only grandmasters are allowed to sac rooks.

 

I'm sure all grandmasters start out as novice players and they would have sacrificed rooks and queens on the way to becoming grandmasters.

 

I have myself sacrificed queens, rooks, knights before with mixed results.

eric0022
kthprog wrote:
ghost_of_pushwood wrote:

Of course, the continuation you played at move 33 was fine.  There was however a slyer possibility (which seems to mate in 6):



 

I'm confused why is this a tactics puzzle lol.

 

It's slightly more precise than my suggested 33...Bd1 which mates in seven.

ghost_of_pushwood

34 e4 doesn't derail it?

eric0022

33...Be4 checkmates the White king at h4 or h6.

 

Ironically 33. Bd1 checkmates the White king at d3, on the other half of the board in one of the lines. I guess 33...Be4 is much more precise since it stops 34. e4 and it's easier to control the White king around the bottom left quadrant of the board from Black's view.

 

 

Kalikokat

Remember even Bobby Fischer got his queen trapped against Boris Spassky in 1972

ghost_of_pushwood

I knew he couldn't be alert all the time!