Looking for feedback on game played yesterday competing for 1st place at MACA - Won 1st place and we

TheSultan31003

I was fortunate enough to go 4-0 and winning 1st place in my division at MACA yesterday.  I really enjoyed playing this game as I was able to develop a very deep tactic that carried itself out to the finality of the position.  It very nicely displays the power of the bishop pair as well as the power exhibited when the bishop pair is in legion with the rooks doubled in coordination.

 

I'm also very curious what others think about 19.......Ne4?  The computer called this a blunder, but during the game, I think this was a great move because it brought all kinds of nasty threats with it.  I was looking to clear the way for the bishops and rooks, so that they both had open files and diagonals heading right to the king and the weak square g2.  It threatened a smothered mate and thus, white needed to trade off his important pieces left, which was to my advantage because I was already up a piece and the resulting position was easily won for black.  I guess I do not fully understand why it was considered a blunder by the computer analysis other than that it went for trades instead of preserving pieces?

 

Anyways, I am super curious what others think, especially high rated players....although all opinions are welcome.   check it out!!

 

 

IMBacon

Nicely played!

Milliern

Hi, Eddie.  I don't have time to look at the game in depth, but it shows tremendous improvement over the other games I've seen you play.  White had a limited understanding of the opening, based on my understanding, and so he played ideas that are thematic, but I'm not sure that they were working here.  Good stuff playing solidly, and then trading and getting all the play.

TheSultan31003

Thanks brother...what is your opinion of 19)......Ne4?

TheSultan31003
Milliern wrote:

Hi, Eddie.  I don't have time to look at the game in depth, but it shows tremendous improvement over the other games I've seen you play.  White had a limited understanding of the opening, based on my understanding, and so he played ideas that are thematic, but I'm not sure that they were working here.  Good stuff playing solidly, and then trading and getting all the play.

Thanks man.  Much appreciated.  I do feel like all the work is really starting to pay off.

IMBacon

Milliern brings up a good point i didnt even think about.  Your game is an excellent example of playing the position, and not blindly following 

opening moves/theory.

TheSultan31003
FishEyedFools wrote:
Milliern brings up a good point i didnt even think about.  Your game is an excellent example of playing the position, and not blindly following  opening moves/theory.

Ya, that's definitely a good point.  Most definitely a byproduct of working with my coach who is very instrumental on following what the position's evaluation is and not just blindly following predetermined edicts!

TheSultan31003

Coach is Philip Ochman by the way.

Milliern

19. Ne4 is nothing special.  Everything wins.  Bxg1 might be preferred, since it threatens mate immediately on g2.  If Ne4 thrills you, you can still play it after Bxg1.

dashkee94

Maybe the computer thinks that black should play 14......Nd7 for if 15. e6 then comes a nice finish: 15.....Qxg2+; 16. Rxg2, Rf1+; 17. Rxf1, Rxf1#.

TheSultan31003
Milliern wrote:

19. Ne4 is nothing special.  Everything wins.  Bxg1 might be preferred, since it threatens mate immediately on g2.  If Ne4 thrills you, you can still play it after Bxg1.

I considered Nd7 and Bxg1 were part of the candidate moves.  I like Ne4 because it had potential to work with a smothered mate idea after Bf2 to kick the queen off the dark squared diagonal h4-e1, then could have followed a lot of forcing lines.

But like you said, there were lots of winning ideas in that position.  The legion of the rooks and bishops on the king trapped in the corner was very powerful.

juantomas0101

 Good job! You should  consider to write a book at the right time.

 

TheSultan31003
juantomas0101 wrote:

 Good job! You should  consider to write a book at the right time.

 

Thanks brother.

Rat1960

9. Kh1 is pretty strange 9. NxNc6
10. Be3 but the advantage is gone from 9th move
11. Ba2, the bishop's future is a sacrifice on e6 but before castling.
11. ... b5 absolutely *not*
(12. NxNc6 QxNc6 13. Nd5 exNd5 14. BxNf6 BxBf6 15. Bxd5 Qc5 16. BxRa8 Bxb2 17. Rb1 Bxa3 18. Bd5)

Kasparov v. Short is full of 6. Bc4. The line is one of my favourites from both sides.