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forcelima
01-03-2006, 10:01 PM
I played this guy from school about (1700 real life rating) beat me twice that bugger :@ Well I know that the chess notation isn't the normal notation but this is what yahoo emailed me back.
Just wondering what I went wrong with and how I could improve? Thanks in advance. (I'm white by the way) :D

1. e2-e4 e7-e6
2. b1-c3 d7-d5
3. d2-d3 d5-d4
4. c3-b5 a7-a6
5. b5-a3 f8xa3
6. b2xa3 c7-c5
7. c2-c4 e6-e5
8. d1-a4+ b8-c6
9. g1-f3 c8-d7
10. h2-h3 g8-f6
11. c1-d2 b7-b5
12. c4xb5 a6xb5
13. a4xb5 a8xa3
14. e1-e2 d8-e7
15. a1-b1 o-o
16. b1-b2 c6-b4
17. b5-b7 b4xd3
18. b2-b6 a3xa2
19. e2xd3 c5-c4+
20. d3xc4 f8-c8+
21. c4-d3 e7-c5
22. b7xc8+ d7xc8
23. b6-b8 c5-c2+
24. d3-e2 c2xe4+
25. e2-d1 a2-a1+
26. d2-c1 e4-c6
27. f1-c4 c6xc4
28. d1-d2 f6-e4+
29. d2-e1 a1xc1++

Rincewind
01-03-2006, 10:24 PM
Hard to really do that but I will make a couple of potted comments. I think in first part of the game your biggest mistake was to allow black to play d4. After that you are cramped for space and you waste some time moving your knight around until it is swapped off for the bishop in unfavourable circumstances. Better would be exd5 or d4 or something to prevent black playing d4.

The other big mistake which stands out was Ke2. Seems you thought black's threats on d3 were worse than they were. d3 was defended by your bishop anyway so there was no need to play Ke2 to defend it. Best was probably just Qxc5 (which attacks the rook on a3). Better than Ke2 too was Be2 preparing to castle.

Anyway. hope that helps to some degree. Remember let your opponent take space with a gain of time and also don't make unneccessary moves to guard against phantom threats. Especially when those moves have negative consequences like stopping you castling and blocking in your bishop.

Kevin Bonham
02-03-2006, 12:52 AM
The big problem is move 1. :D (Only joking - see my .sig)

If you are going to play a Kings Indian Attack setup (e4 and d3 against the French) then your queen's knight belongs on d2 not on c3 where it will just get kicked by the d-pawn. So the move order is 1.e4 e6 2.d3 d5 3.Nd2 etc. (If you are going to play this line, learn it). Or if you really want to play 2.Nc3 then follow it up with 3.d4 going into a normal French, 3.exd5 with an exchange French of sorts, or 3.Nf3 (now if Black plays 3...d4, you can get a tempo back when your knight moves since both white knights attack the d-pawn).

As Rincewind mentions your knight gets kicked again when it goes to b5 so it would have been better to play 4.Nce2.

On move 12 Black blundered a pawn! Again as Rincewind points out 14.Qxc5 would have been fine - his rook is not threatening anything. Indeed you would probably have soon been able to play Nxe5 and go two pawns up!

With 15.Rb1 you're trying to control a file, which is good, but it's not a file you will acheive anything on once Black castles. 15.Rc1 attacking the c-pawn would have been much better.

On move 20 you exposed your king far too much - not only moving it too far out on an open board but also taking an opposing pawn that was blocking Black's attacking lines! You should have played 20.Ke2. You would have still been losing because Black recovers his piece easily and has extra pawns (and nasty ones!) but not as much as in the game.

So some general principles here:

1. Develop pieces to squares they won't be easily kicked off by pawns.
2. Look after your king. It is the most important piece. In the middlegame, kings should usually be safely castled, not charging into battle on an open board.
3. High-rated opponents can still make mistakes. If you see a chance to win material against them, look carefully at their threats and ask if those threats are real. (Even if you can't see anything and it turns out there's something there, you will learn something!)

forcelima
02-03-2006, 05:32 AM
Thanks for both your responses. I see my mistake when I moved Ke2, I guess my eyes just missed the bishop that was guarding the pawn. Usually I do castle, but I miscalculated the threat as you guys pointed out.

When I started developing my pieces I also failed to see that black would move his pawn to d4, guess I'm not really use to seeing players pushing their pawns on to the other half of the board but I'm getting there:)

Thanks for your responses, I'll probably play some more now and focus on not making any stupid errors.