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verikt
25-10-2006, 10:05 PM
[Event "rated blitz match"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2006.10.25"]
[Round "?"]
[White ""]
[Black "verikt"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1370"]
[BlackElo "1390"]
[ECO "D00"]
[TimeControl "660"]

1. d4 d5 2. Bg5 h6 3. Bh4 g5 4. Bg3 Bg7 5. e3 a6 6. c4 Nc6 7. Nc3 Be6 8. cxd5
Bxd5 9. Nf3 g4 10. Nd2 h5 11. Nde4 f5 12. Ng5 Bf6 13. Bf4 e5 14. dxe5 Bxg5
15. Bxg5 Qxg5 16. Qxd5 Nge7 17. Qe6 Qg6 18. Qxg6+ Nxg6 19. Bc4 Ngxe5 20. Be2
O-O-O 21. O-O h4 22. a3 Rhg8 23. b4 h3 24. g3 Rd2 25. b5 axb5 26. Bxb5 Nf3+
27. Kh1 Rc2 28. Nd5 Rd8 29. Bxc6 bxc6 30. Ne7+ Kb7 31. Nxf5 Rdd2 32. Rab1+
Ka6 33. Nd4 Rxf2 34. Rxf2 Rxf2 35. Nxf3 gxf3 36. Kg1 Re2 37. Rc1 Kb5 38. Rc3
Rg2+ 39. Kf1 Rxh2 40. e4 Ra2 41. Rxf3 h2 42. Rf5+ Kc4 43. Rh5 Rxa3 44. Rxh2
Rxg3 45. e5 Rg7 46. e6 Re7 47. Re2 Kd5 48. Kf2 c5 49. Kf3 c4 50. Kf4 Rxe6 51.
Rd2+ Kc5 52. Kf5 Rd6 53. Rc2 Kb4 54. Ke5 Kb3 55. Rc1 c3 56. Ke4 Kb2 57. Ke5
Kxc1 { forfeits on time} 0-1

He missed e3-e4 at move 11 and so did I.
were 12 and 13 the right moves for black?

eclectic
25-10-2006, 10:10 PM
How about you critique it yourself then submit it with annotations so that those who respond can get an insight into how you think through your moves.

verikt
26-10-2006, 12:42 AM
I'm an amateur, not professional, so I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but I'll try.

I usually start black by matching either king or queens pawn, whichever white opened.
1. d4 d5
he did something wierd. I tried moving him out and when he moved back I decided to open the bishop.
2. Bg5 h6
3. Bh4 g5
he opened his I figured nc6 or c5 he would check or pin so I moved my pawn.
4. Bg3 Bg7
5. e3 a6
he moved up. I wanted to move my pawn to e5 so I moved my horse
6. c4 Nc6
his horse threatened the pawn. I wanted my kingside pawns where they were so I protected with the bishop
7. Nc3 Be6 (I didn't think of e3-e4 and neither did he)
he traded pawns
8. cxd5 Bxd5
and moved out his horse,I figured at some point he would come up to e5 and I wanted my pawn to be able to move up without the check so I moved my pawn and protected it
9. Nf3 g4 10. Nd2 h5
I belatedly noticed that he should have moved his pawn to e4 and I moved mine to counter
11. Nde4 f5
I figured he would still do e4 and I wanted to move his horse anyway so
12. Ng5 Bf6
he protected. I got bored and decided to clear up the board. I gave him a free pawn, his was doubled and unprotected anyway.
13. Bf4 e5 14. dxe5 Bxg5 15. Bxg5 Qxg5 16. Qxd5 Nge7
I thought he would take it with his horse and I would castle.
When he took it with his queen I blocked the coming check, threatening the queen. he moved down and his obvious next move was nd5 so I traded
17. Qe6 Qg6 18. Qxg6+ Nxg6
he moved his bishop, I think he wanted to go to e6 so I threatened a check if he moved off the line and castled.
19. Bc4 Ngxe5 20. Be2 O-O-O
he castled. I was moving pawns hoping to open him up
21. O-O h4 22. a3 Rhg8 23. b4 h3
at move 24 I was finished so I brought my rook down
24. g3 Rd2
he traded pawns and threatened my horse
25. b5 axb5 26. Bxb5 Nf3+
I decided I might as well call check while I had the chance and moved my rook hoping he would trade horses
27. Kh1 Rc2
he threatened a split so I moved my rook
28. Nd5 Rd8
he took my horse and I had to take with the pawn
29. Bxc6 bxc6
he called check and too k my pawn and I doubled my rooks and tried for a mate
30. Ne7+ Kb7 31. Nxf5 Rdd2
he checked I moved he tried to block it with his horse
32. Rab1+ Ka6 33. Nd4 Rxf2 34.
and I figured taking the pawn anyway was my best chance. trade all and endgame.

Kevin Bonham
26-10-2006, 08:51 PM
were 12 and 13 the right moves for black?

12 yes, 13 no. Your 13th lost a pawn which was completely avoidable. 13...e6 would have been better.

You were very, very lucky to get away with this game since White missed several chances to win material (and a likely draw later, see below):

* a simple tactic 7.cxd5 Qxd5 8.Bxc7 winning a pawn - your queen was overloaded defending two pawns at once so you should have done something else on move 6.

* Winning a piece with e3-e4 either move 9 or move 11.

* 12.Bxc7! winning a pawn (if you take it he takes on d5 - again your queen is overloaded)

* 15.Nxd5 which is more active than what he played and makes it harder for you to get the pawn back.

Once he let you get the pawn back your position was OK and then you got well on top when White played the strategically bad 25.b5? diverting his bishop from the defence of f3.

You were better after this but 28...Rd8 is another mistake. White could (but missed) have played 29.Bd3 winning the f-pawn with check, and the g-pawn, and getting rid of the Nf3 after which white is winning (this was his last chance to win). The roundabout way he won only one pawn is much weaker.

White's 38th is a defensive error and at this point you are well on the way to winning but why play 43...Rxa3? giving up your h-pawn which is almost a queen? Think positions like this through carefully: as it stands your rook and pawn cut his king from getting over to the g-pawn, and if he moves it to e1 then ...Ra1+ and h-pawn queens, winning. This means his king can't move and his rook is chained to the h-file so you have him totally tied up! So all you need to do is slide your king to d4 and your king looks after his pawns while your c-pawn is ready to rumble and there is nothing at all White can do about it. Easy win!

Luckily for you your opponent pushed the e-pawn too far up the board and you were able to win it and then win the game - had he brought his king up to look after his e-pawn I doubt you would have won the rook ending with two doubled pawns vs one.

Too many basic tactical and strategic errors by both sides! To improve the ability to avoid these and get used to thinking through the position more carefully you need to play slower games.

Capablanca-Fan
01-05-2007, 05:31 PM
I'm an amateur, not professional, so I'm not sure if I'm doing this right but I'll try.

As stated here, blitz is for fun, longer time controls are for serious training.


I usually start black by matching either king or queens pawn, whichever white opened.
1. d4 d5
he did something wierd. I tried moving him out and when he moved back I decided to open the bishop.
2. Bg5 h6
3. Bh4 g5
he opened his I figured nc6 or c5 he would check or pin so I moved my pawn.

Seems to weaken your kingside. E.g. your K will feel far less safe if he castles there because of this loosening.


4. Bg3 Bg7
5. e3 a6

Was this move necessary? 5 ... c5 would cooperate well with your B on g7 and make some sense of the ... g5 move.


he moved up. I wanted to move my pawn to e5 so I moved my horse

There is no such piece ;)


6. c4 Nc6
his horse threatened the pawn. I wanted my kingside pawns where they were so I protected with the bishop

In double q-pawn openings, it's usually best not to block your c-pawn. This is usually vital either to attack the enemy d pawn or shore up your own.


7. Nc3 Be6 (I didn't think of e3-e4 and neither did he)

7...e6 was essential.


he traded pawns)

Aside from the tactical point noted next, a trade implies equal value. But the pawns here are not equal the centre pawn here is worth more than the c-pawn.


8. cxd5 Bxd5
and moved out his horse,I figured at some point he would come up to e5 and I wanted my pawn to be able to move up without the check so I moved my pawn and protected it

What about e4 and d5 winning a piece?