Sac gone wrong?

SystematiChaos

Hey guys... I'm a 1400-1500 rated player in blitz and I love attacking and sacrificing pieces, even randomly. In this game however I sacrificed my knight for an attempt to mate the castled king on the 'h' file. But the attack ended in a horrible disaster.. any ideas on how I could've checkmated?

Scottrf

16. Rxh4 seems better and it looks like black will have to give up his queen for the rook.

Sunofthemorninglight

11. Qh5

Scottrf

Surely Rxh4 will still be stronger? But the knight wont have an escape square on c2 if Nxa1.

Scottrf

16... g5 doesn't help at all? Was wary of giving away a tempo, but I guess it doesn't matter?

SystematiChaos

@Scottrf and @FirebrandX,

yeah.. that was my blunder, I should've played Rxh4. But I didn't play Kd1 for two reasons, I was distracted and I didn't want to lose momentum on the attack on the castled king by attacking the knight. That knight was useless anyways in that area anyways.

@Fulliautomatix

11.Bd2 was the sac to clear the 'h' file.

Scottrf

Ah yeah, pretty nice, exploiting the pinned pawn, cheers.

SystematiChaos

Ooh... didn't see that either.. :)

Btw.. what's a zwischenzug?

SystematiChaos

German, I believe? Like the word zugzwang probably...

Sunofthemorninglight
The_logicalist245 wrote:

@Fulliautomatix

11.Bd2 was the sac to clear the 'h' file.

yes, i know, but there were more active choices.

SystematiChaos

here's another one..

What on earth am I doing wrong and what can I do to correct my technique? (As in for all such games and not this one)

At one moment I'm ahead in the game and the next I end up in with a losing endgame...

Scottrf

Two pieces for a rook and pawn is bad in that position (move 8).

As for what happened, you set up a discovery on your own queen.

Sred
The_logicalist245 wrote:

German, I believe? Like the word zugzwang probably...

Yes, "zwischen" means "in between", "Zug" means "move" and in German it's allowed to connect words to create new nouns.

SystematiChaos

Ouch... Lots of constructive criticism on the game...

But OVERALL any tips?

SystematiChaos

Pawns can't move backwards... Got it! Wink

But in all seriousness, thanks for the help :)

Sunofthemorninglight

all you have to do is paint a face on them and turn them towards yourself, they'll go backwards then ok.