x
Chess - Play & Learn

Chess.com

FREE - In Google Play

FREE - in Win Phone Store

VIEW

Philidor's defence game. What could of been better?

  • #1



    I felt quite good after this game! At least stockfish said I didn't make blunders, but there are lots of better players than me and would love any constructive negative and maybe positive feedback. Thank you to any who may reply!

  • #2

    I could be mistaken--I'll have to check--but I thought Black usually plays ...Nbd7 instead of ...Nc6 in Philidor's Defense. I think the threat of d5 might be the reason.

    Having said that, you missed a key attacking move on move 4: 4. dxe5. Whether Black recaptures with 4...dxe5 or 4...Nxd5, you can "queen slap" him (Qxd8+), which will give you a slight advantage in that he either won't be able to castle (due to ...Kxd8) or will have to retreat a developed piece (due to ...Nxd8).

  • #3

    I did see that manoeuvre Sqod, it's just that I'm very bad with queen less middle games, and didn't want to swap them like that. True, he wouldn't of been able to castle though. Maybe I should run trough the resulting position against an engine to train my attacking skills without queens!

  • #4

    I just looked this up.

    One database says that...

    After 4. dxe5, White wins 73% of the time. I would definitely go for that!

    As for Black's queen's knight placement, for the top 3 main lines...

    After 3...exd4 {#1 popularity.}, Black usually plays ...Nc6 but only after ...c5.

    After 3...Nf6 {#2 popularity.}, Black usually plays ...Nbd7.

    After 3...Nbd7 {#3 popularity.}, Black obviously plays ...Nbd7 100% of the time.

     

  • #5
    Sqod wrote:

    I just looked this up.

    One database says that...

    After 4. dxe5, White wins 73% of the time. I would definitely go for that!

    As for Black's queen's knight placement, for the top 3 main lines...

    After 3...exd4 {#1 popularity.}, Black usually plays ...Nc6 but only after ...c5.

    After 3...Nf6 {#2 popularity.}, Black usually plays ...Nbd7.

    After 3...Nbd7 {#3 popularity.}, Black obviously plays ...Nbd7 100% of the time.

     

     

    Are you sure that Black plays Nbd7 after Nbd7?

  • #6

    "What could of been better?" is bad.  "What could have been better?" is better.  "What is best?" is best.

  • #7

    Or "what was best?" But "could of" should be illegal.

  • #8

    Nice game. I like the way you played. Some comments:

    4.Nc3 (yes, why not? Even if it is not the main move: it is a natural one, keeping the advantage in the centre)

    4... Bg4(?!) my feeling is that this is not optimal for Black

    10... c5(?!) i think castling short would be better - the pawn structure is already favoring the white bishop, this move is making it even worse (d5 is free for the white N which is soon to come - 19.Nd5!).

    12.Be3! (correct, keeping the bishop)
    13.Rhg1! (good, both rooks are playing while Black is behind in development - which is the result of moves like c5 and h6, which were "one-move-threats" which did nothing to improve Blacks position)

    13... 0-0-0? (i agree: g5 would've been better. White is still better.)

    19.Nd5! +- (of course, and the result of the bad move ...c5)

    In the end the black pawns are falling like ripe apples - the consequence of the better strategy of White (and i like b3+c4 in the endgame too).

    You see: the moves are easy to find when the strategy is the right one. There were no difficult combinations to be calculated, just natural moves by White.

    And: playing the Philidor with Black is ok, but you have to know the correct strategy (and Black did not know this). In my old opening book it says "only strong players can afford to play the Philidor with Black". It is very easy to get into a passive position if you make a slight inacurracy (and in the game Black did three or four of them). 


    A nice game which illustrates:
    - good versus bad bishop
    - the importance of the d5 square (Nd5!)
    - the importance of development (c5?! h6?!)

    It shows also that a doubled pawn does not have to be a disadvantage - you used your semi-open g-file well. Black should've played 0-0 and later Rb8 (to make use of his own semi-open file).

     

  • #9

    Entertaining, well-played and instructive.  A few thoughts.

     

  • #10

    By the way, the grammar could have been better, too.  happy.png

Top

Online Now