Two of my Best (and only) Positional Games

Attack_AlwaysAttack

As I don't know how to annotate the game, I'll just talk about it down here. This is the worse of the two. I was black in a Giuoco Pianissimo. I make lots of inaccuracies, but no blunders and few mistakes. In the game I restricted my opponent on the kingside and center for much of them game, with nearly all play being on the Queenside for much of the game. Finally, my opponent blunders a pawn horribly, and I took advantage, winning the pawn and much more. After a lot of simplification we get into an endgame where I am up a bishop and 1 pawn I believe. He seemingly plays well until falling for mate.

 

In this game we played a Czech Benoni, but my opponent played poorly early on, playing Bg5 and trading. Such an idea seems okay, as it was a closed position, and bishops are worse in closed positions, but I digress. I continue onward with a normal Czech Benoni set up and eventually inflicting a killer blow, taking his f3 knight with my bishop, isolation his h pawn, and doubling his f pawns. He attempts to use his semi open g-file to put pressure on my castled king, but to no avail. I quickly win a pawn, his h pawn, via a fork of it and his bishop. He finally gives up after I trap his rook with my bishop, leaving him in a helpless position.
 
I usually don't like being positional, as I personally am a very aggressive player, but these games opened my eyes on how playing positionally can be actually fun, and much less challenging than calculating tons of tactics. I welcome your thoughts on the game

 

HorsesGalore

In your Czech Benoni game,  12 h3 seems to be a big mistake -- wasting a tempo to encourage you to double up his pawns.   Then your knight gravitates to a great outpost on f4 ( made possible by his doubled "f" pawns ).   you grab his "h" pawn and make it count.

very nice, the way you conned him into invading your position with his R to g6.   but then with B-g5 his Rook is trapped !

nicely done !

Attack_AlwaysAttack
HorsesGalore wrote:

In your Czech Benoni game,  12 h3 seems to be a big mistake -- wasting a tempo to encourage you to double up his pawns.   Then your knight gravitates to a great outpost on f4 ( made possible by his doubled "f" pawns ).   you grab his "h" pawn and make it count.

very nice, the way you conned him into invading your position with his R to g6.   but then with B-g5 his Rook is trapped !

nicely done !

Thanks. I assume he was hoping id move the bishop after h3 as bishops are usually better than knights, then he could strike with g4 and get a way better position, but other than that and the Rg6 blunder, the ending seem content with his play, which makes me happy, as I mainly won on my own merit, not his blunders.

HorsesGalore

"as I mainly won on my own merit, not his blunders."

correct.   It is most satisfying to to win on our skills and not be handed the victory by poor opponent play.    Keep playing !   smart maneuvering in chess involves good positional and tactical skills.    Both aspects are needed to do well.

KnuppelBerry

Those were very nice.  I especially enjoyed the second game.  I'm not qualified to post any criticism but just wanted to say I enjoyed playing through them.