We need more amateurs to post their annotated games.


We had another game ,using KID, a line I am very familiar with. I actually think he was winning at one point, but didn't capitalize on it. 



@learnateverygame , That's cool, I like to play the hunt variation against alekhine's :).

learnateverygame wrote:

an example of 'cat and mouse' game. A term I known from IM Silman's article : It means, kill helpless opponent slowly, don't take any chances ;)

4.Nxd5 looks very pointless to me, also 6.c3, 8.0-0 (castling under attack), 9.Re1 (no minor pieces can cooperate with the rook along the e file; moreover it is short and will become even shorter after ...e4), 14.b3 (only weakening queenside light squares with no obvious purpose. 14.g4 instead threatens to opens the e file for the rook and in case of 14...g6? White have 15.d3!), 19.Ba3 (giving up the exchange with no compensation), 21.Kxe1 (blocking the rook on e2 where it is nothing more than a possible target), 25.Bd4 (dooming the bishop to inactivity from now on and forfeiting the endgame, as White's c pawn that gives White chances on the queenside is now tied to the bishop's defense).

Your opponent wasn't practically putting up any fight. It was a good decision of yours not to force the game.

However you could have also played some moves differently. 14...a6 is not a good idea because you have the center and the initiative, and all you have to do is to fully mobilize and crack your opponent. 14...Nd7 is much better, with ...Rae8 and ...Ne5 to come. 15.Nb5? is pointless as a "threat" for White as it further compromises his king safety, and should White exchange on d6 you get an extra central pawn, and Black - two wasted tempi.




please analyse my game. fried liver attack. cheers


@ marco : your opponent I think made a blunder a lot, as missing Nxf7, hangs the d4 knight.

Well, against lower rated player, fried liver attack may work, but against people with 1700++, its likely to fail.

Cheers, have a foster !


@ glex : thanks for the feedback, after seeing your response, now I certain that Nb5 was a wasted threat. Thanks !


@Ryan : itu Rc4 I didn't expect. Now I know 1 more trick in endgame :) for me I think taking on c5 was mistake as he doubles his c pawn on an open file, which is terrible weakness, and I think if you can manouver the knight to attack the dark bishop or force him to exchange, his c4 and c5 pawn will be goner :D

game bagus !


Lol, I can't get enough of this. I love when I pull off a scholarsmate! Definitely my favorite scholarsmate pattern. And please note, my rank is not accurate; It has been a long time since I played bullet, and I have improved since, therefore my bullet rating is lower than it should be.


This is not actually the Scholar's Mate. This is the Parham Attack, or the Wayward Queen Attack as it is also known. GM Hikaru Nakamura is a grandmaster that has studied this opening and has played it successfully.


It is an opening that, although developing the queen early, forces Black to defend instead of seeking more active counterplay. 3.Bc4 should be met by either 3...g6 creating kingside dark squares' weakness and comitting to a kingside fianchetto, or by 3...Qe7/3...Qf6 which slows down Black's development. A common idea for White is to develop his king's knight to e2 instead of f3, which gives White different options for handling the center and/or preparing an attack.


Very interesting opening, not very conventional but with challenging themes for both sides. I used to play it often before I gave up 1.e4 in favor of 1.d4.


Here are three games I played with this opening a long time ago:






thanks for previous analysis.

please check this game and give advice. I have new improved audio so i am audible please like video if you like my annotation.


5 minute chess with IMPROVED AUDIO. At last i worked out how to capture my audio at a high enough quality for youtube.  On the other hand I messed up my first game with good audio in a sicilian that sort of turned into a french opening. I then chose not to castle but to push my H pawn for an attack. I paid dearly.


@ marco : I think you made a mistake by letting your bishop on a6 to be traded, as you need some activity, and you launch one of those desperate attacks (I have done that b4, and failed sometimes) which won't work, because he had 2-3 pieces to defend that, while the only thing that attack his king is your rook and pawn, so thats doomed to fail. I think its better not to trade pieces when you're not fully developed, and the 'I expect the opponent to blunder' and 'he had to take eventhough he's not obliged to' disease affects us all, so just trained more, and I think you can get better (all of us can) Wink 


a game (2 min) with some tactical puzzle later :

White's last move looked normal, but can you spot the tactical shot ?
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed it ! Laughing

@learnateverygame cheers for the comments. i will train.


I got it! I'm going to give a hint.

"The bishop has nothing to do with the shot."


@Glex thank you very much about playing the Parham attack. I have been playing this one for a while, just thinking it was a fairly effective line. Now I know the true name and application in a couple scenarios.


An analysis of one of my games.  Scandinavian defense, a good endgame from black, and a missed opportunity for an oddball Légal trap.  

how can i improve against this opening. i was lucky my opponent blundered but b4 that surely there is an improvement on e6. Or did i make a mistake b4 that?


marcocasino wrote:


how can i improve against this opening. i was lucky my opponent blundered but b4 that surely there is an improvement on e6. Or did i make a mistake b4 that?


For convenience, here's the game:


By the way, Nf6 was the blunder. Instead, d6, a6, Nc6, or perhaps even e5 would have been better. Also, white could have won your queen with 16. Bd3 followed by 17. h3.


I've annotated another one of my recent OTB games:


The game was rich with various positional ideas, but the play was far from perfect. We both made mistakes and this is what makes it a nice learning experience. Check it out if you're into the French defense.

As usual, most important moves are followed by comments and explanations in the game-viewer.


Though this is a game against the computer, I feel proud of this game because I was able to win it even though I had to make my moves quickly


Here is one of my recent wins as Black.  Although when I played this game I was rated 1251, it's only because I had several "time-out" wins. I am guessing right now I'm actually a 1000-1100 rated player.


on that last one I saw one oprotunity to win a minor








just a point I saw


Thanks, yeah, 14...Nb4 was because I saw the fork opportunity on the Q and R. Turns out it was a major blunder because I didn't even see the Bishop at d2. I find a lot of the mistakes I make are because I "miss" something that seems so obvious later. Same thing happens to me in the tactics trainer - I'm so focused on that bank rank check, that I miss the obvious mate from the bishop on a long diagonal.