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mayonnaise
14-01-2008, 01:52 PM
I played this game yesterday. I won because my opponent blundered in the end but I really had no plan of attack about move 10 onwards.

Anyone have advice on how I should've played?

Much appreciatedEvent: Edited game
Site: LIMECAT
Date: 2008.01.13
Round: -
White: -
Black: Me
Result: *

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 a6 7. Be2 e6 8.
O-O Be7 9. e5 Ng4 10. exd6 Bxd6 11. Ne4 Be7 12. Qxd8+ Bxd8 13. Nd6+ Ke7 14.
Nc4 b5 15. Ne3 Nce5 16. Nd4 Nxe3 17. Bxe3 Bb7 18. Nb3 Nc4 19. Bxc4 bxc4 20.
Nc5 Bd5 21. b3 Bb6 22. Rad1 Rhc8 23. bxc4 Bxc4 24. Rd7+ Ke8 25. Rfd1 Bxc5
26. Bg5 Bd5
*

Capablanca-Fan
14-01-2008, 03:20 PM
Event: Edited game
Site: LIMECAT
Date: 2008.01.13
Round: -
White: -
Black: Mayonnaise
Result: *

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Nf3 (this is poor because White won't get anywhere without his fP. Usually it is part of the attack and central play with f4, and sometimes it has a supporting role no f3) 6... a6 7. Be2 e6 8.
O-O Be7 9. e5? (this is just a free P which Black should have taken) 9... Ng4 10. exd6 Bxd6 11. Ne4 Be7 12. Qxd8+ Bxd8 (see, Black has basically the same position that would have occured after taking the P, but without an extra central P for his troubles. Indeed, after 9... dxe5, White would not have gained even this much, because Black's N would not be offside on g4). 13. Nd6+ Ke7 14.
Nc4 b5 15. Ne3 Nce5 (probably better to play 15... Nf6, then develop with Bb6, Bb7, Rac8, when Black is OK. The game play makes Black's pieces a bit loose and undeveloped, while White can develop his B to e3 where it could annoy Black with Bc5+) 16. Nd4 Nxe3 17. Bxe3 Bb7 18. Nb3 Nc4 19. Bxc4 bxc4 20.
Nc5 Bd5 21. b3 Bb6 22. Rad1 Rhc8 23. bxc4 Bxc4 24. Rd7+ Ke8 25. Rfd1 Bxc5
26. Bg5 Bd5 (Black cornered two of White's advanced pieces, cut off from their supply lines. Presumably Black had no trouble winning after this.)

Kruupy
14-01-2008, 03:42 PM
Mayonnaise,
The only advice that I can give is that you should have played 5.... g6 :evil: :lol:
I apologise that this comment probably Isn't very useful.

Kruupy.

mayonnaise
14-01-2008, 04:12 PM
thx for that!

looks like the only thing I really missed was d*e5. I felt like I was in trouble after 13 Nd6+ because I thought he'd take my bishop. Looking over at the game I could not have done it without the bishop pair.

But yea I had no idea where to develop my pieces. I could go a long way if I could think like the comment after move 15: "probably better to play 15... Nf6, then develop with Bb6, Bb7, Rac8" Well I these moves crossed my mind, but how do I decide one over another? like why not Ba5 instead of Bb6 (taking e1 away from his rooks)? Rad8 instead of Rac8 (taking ctrl of the open file)?

My opponent was only an 1150 rated player. Against higher rated opponents I'm not sure if I lose because I miss tactical opportunities or because I fail at positional play (most likely the former huh?)

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2008, 06:05 PM
As Jono says, you should have taken the free pawn. After that White was actually quite a lot better because you had not only failed to take the pawn but also wasted time moving a piece (...Ng4) twice in the opening.

In the position after the exchange of queens, your immediate plans should have been to develop pieces, connect up your rooks and occupy the d and/or c files. Where you take it from there depends on what the opponent is up to.

In the long term your plan should be to try to deal with white's 3-2 queenside pawn majority. If you don't, and it goes to an endgame, you risk losing, because white can convert his 3-2 majority into a passed pawn faster than you can convert your 4-3, plus his passed pawn (if he gets it) will be further away from the kings.

I think you played pretty well from the dodgy position after the queens were swapped off; most of your moves were logical responses to what the opponent was doing (which was mostly wasting time!) By the time white blundered you had a good position anyway. Jono is right though that 15...Nf6 is better than ...Nce5. Had white responded with Nxg4 then your knight would have been doing nothing and a long way away from the action.

Capablanca-Fan
14-01-2008, 06:32 PM
Mayonnaise,
The only advice that I can give is that you should have played 5.... g6 :evil: :lol:
I apologise that this comment probably Isn't very useful.
You'd have to know what you were doing, or else you could be smashed in short order. Even those who do know what they were doing have been demolished, e.g. the classic Karpov Korchnoi splattering in the 1974 Candidates Final (http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1067858). I should say though that the Dragon seems to have more lives than the proverbial cat.

mayonnaise
14-01-2008, 07:49 PM
were there any tactical opportunities I missed?

Kevin Bonham
14-01-2008, 09:04 PM
were there any tactical opportunities I missed?

Apart from not taking the pawn on move 9, no. But you did miss a tactic your opponent could have seen, although they missed it as well.

22.Nxe6! would have been a good tactic for white. It wins a pawn because if ...Bxe3 23.Nc7, although you would still have good drawing chances.

Same idea is good for White on move 23 as well.