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    CC FIDE Master Southpaw Jim's Avatar
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    Jim's can o' whoopass

    Perhaps not. That was just to get attention

    Had an enjoyable win against a 1465 on FICS tonight, which soothes the pain of my club loss last night. A couple of minor mistakes, but nothing that harmed the outcome - interested to know my opening play was sound, or whether I could've done better in that respect.

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    Result: 0-1

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    Played like a pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw Jim
    {Ke7 is apparently better, but I was happy to exchange down at this point}
    If the opponent is much higher rated and you're content with a draw this makes sense. If you're going for a win it is worth knowing that opposite colour bish endings a pawn up are generally much easier to win if you keep one pair of rooks on the board - except when the other side is attacking strongly (in which case sometimes it's safest to swap up).

    {this is apparently wrong, but the outcome was good enough}
    It actually isn't wrong at all (what you played wins easily) but the computer just smells the coffee faster with ...Bd4 and the a-pawn quickly queens.

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    on 18...Ra7?!
    I don't see any way getting your peices active. He made the blunder the wrong choice next move by exchanging the Knight for the bishop. He should have left the night on d6 and maybe play a4. He controls the d-file and that knight is very good.

    By having a quick look, I'd say 18...Bc6. 18...Ra7 just seems to put your rook out of play.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw Jim
    28. Bxh7 {I initially thought "crap, I've hung a pawn!", but then remembered that I've fallen into this trap myself in the past}
    You're not the only one; by far the most famous occurrence was in
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    Good to know I play like a champion then

    Another pleasing win from last night, not that I think my opening/middlegame play here was very good (I didn't feel like I really had a plan going), but I managed to deliver mate under pressure, with both of us down to less than 30secs!

    White: unnamed
    Black: my good self
    WhiteElo: 1375
    BlackElo: 1286
    Result: 0-1

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    It was a bit messy, but I got there in the end I'm trying to make sure I play more online, so I don't turn up to club not having played for 7 days
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    White: unnamed
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    WhiteElo: 1375
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    To counterbalance tonight's posting in the Shockers thread, here's an offsetting blitz (10 0) swindle (despite numerous attempts from me to lose):

    White "newblank"
    Black "JimAbbott"
    Result "0-1"

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    Lots of mistakes, but was fun to clean up in the end especially since I suck at time management, and therefore blitz. This win finally got my blitz rating over 1100 for the first time (woohoo! ) after languishing between 800-1000 for a long time.
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    Played a long-ish (45 45) game against a much higher rated opponent, and in the end got lucky with a back rank mate.

    I'm keen to hear any advice about what I could've done (in terms of plans) to have played better here. It seems my opening play was too passive, especially beginning with 7.Qd2. I played the exchange sequence beginning at move 17 wrong, should've played Rxe8 instead - had I done this would I've been able to avoid the problems with my Q-side pawns?

    Event: FICS rated standard game
    White: JimAbbott
    Black: gkrellm
    Result: 1-0
    ECO: C45
    WhiteElo: 1223
    BlackElo: 1673

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    Curiously, the computer gives mate in 1 with Re8, or mate in 126(!) with Rxa7
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    I think 7.Qd2 is reasonable. Qd1 is also worth considering, so that both bishops develop freely.

    12.Nd5 looks good for white. In that kind of position it is a big help to you if you can get rid of the opposing bishop pair (his main compensation for your good-ish centre) and whether this is by exchanging knight for bishop or bishop for bishop isn't all that crucial with that much material still on the board.

    13.e5 allows black to get rid of white's centre. I would be building up towards a kingside attack here, possibly with an eventual f5 instead of e5 in mind as that opens a line for the bishop which might be annoying. It's pretty tricky to get the right positional balance here though; you don't want to be so slow that black just opens the game for his two bishops. Ideally you want one of the things off the board as noted above.

    And yes, the exchange of queens on 17 loses time and gives black the open file that helps him to pester your queenside, as well as the rook being a poor defender of c2 compared to the queen; if you swap rooks instead there should not be such problems. Often a strong opponent will take advantage of a lower-rated player's desire to swap off pieces and accumulate small advantages with each trade. He was well on the way to making that stick but 28...Rd8? is not the right plan even if he hadn't walked into mate the next move. I like 28...Bb1 for black with the idea of either winning the a-pawn while protecting black's own (this is worth giving up the c-pawn to acheive since black will be a pawn up with an outside passer) or else getting white to play a3, when the white bishop becomes very weak and will probably soon get badly hassled by black's rook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I think 7.Qd2 is reasonable. Qd1 is also worth considering, so that both bishops develop freely.
    Rybka gives Qd5, which I considered, but felt it was too easy to boot her with tempo. Glad to know that Qd2 is ok

    13.e5 allows black to get rid of white's centre. I would be building up towards a kingside attack here, possibly with an eventual f5 instead of e5 in mind as that opens a line for the bishop which might be annoying.
    If f5 eventually, what here? Rae1? a3? or some Q move, eg Qf3? I was concerned to do something about ...d5 on the move...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw Jim
    Rybka gives Qd5, which I considered, but felt it was too easy to boot her with tempo.
    Fritz likes this too. It is not as easily booted with tempo as may appear, eg if the bishop does the booting the queen might go to b5 attacking b7, which doesn't seem all that poisonous, or if the knight does the booting it either gets in the way of black's development or goes to b4, a silly square. So Qd5 might well be best. But after Qd2 White's position is still not bad.

    If f5 eventually, what here? Rae1? a3? or some Q move, eg Qf3? I was concerned to do something about ...d5 on the move...
    13.Rae1 stops ...d5 but at the cost of allowing ...Qb6+ then ...Qa6 when if you swap queens, black's bishop pair at least compensates for his doubled pawns. 13.Rf3 looks good at first but there is a lot of tricky stuff after ...d5. Black can let you take on d5 and temporarily go a pawn down because it opens the board for the two bishops to such a degree that he is bound to get it back.

    It's actually a very tricky position to find the best move for white in, and my thinking e5 is bad was founded on the view that white was better before that, which I'm now not so sure about. It may even be that 13.f5!? immediately (this discourages ...d5 because it takes away a good square for black's bishop) is best.
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    I've been feeling a bit negative about my play lately, so a win tonight was a nice little ego boost. However, I'm interested in opinions on my 8th move. Is it bad or indifferent? Rybka suggests Bc4, which I considered, but was worried about Black pushing it back with ...b5 and simultaneously gaining Q-side space. Rybka seems unconcerned about this.

    Also, what is wrong with 10.a4? It's nearly 1/3 pawn worse than 0-0 or Bf4. Is it bad, or just sub-optimal?

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    Your opponent played the same sort of shlocky Philidor-with-c5-leaving-d6-backwards stuff I had from Milutin last week. Not exactly the same line but similarly weak. You did let him back into it a bit but finished him off with a nice combo.

    Quote Originally Posted by Southpaw Jim
    I've been feeling a bit negative about my play lately, so a win tonight was a nice little ego boost. However, I'm interested in opinions on my 8th move. Is it bad or indifferent? Rybka suggests Bc4, which I considered, but was worried about Black pushing it back with ...b5 and simultaneously gaining Q-side space. Rybka seems unconcerned about this.
    Bd3 is certainly not "bad". Rybka is probably unconcerned about ...b5 because there is virtually nothing happening over there and a gain of queenside space by black is meaningless at best; after a4 hitting b5 black will have to play ...b4 and there will be outposts for white everywhere.

    Also, what is wrong with 10.a4? It's nearly 1/3 pawn worse than 0-0 or Bf4. Is it bad, or just sub-optimal?
    One issue with it is that b4 becomes a potential outpost for black knights. Another is that it's a relative waste of a move, since black is not threatening ...b5, so there is no need to stop it.
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    White: Southpaw Jim
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