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The_Soviet
03-03-2007, 01:38 PM
I am completely new to this site. I am still unrated, and my provisional rating is something like 1400. I would like an analysis of one of my tournament games, if that is possible. I am playing black against the English, and I would just like to know where you (people) believe I had better. This game was very difficult, as it was the last game in the last tournament I was in, and had I won, I would have tied for first place. Here is the game:
1.c4 e5
2.Nc3 Nf6
3.g3 d5
4.cxd Nxd
5.Bg2 c6 (Is this book? It looks good to me)
6.a3 Bc5
7.e3 O-O
8.Na4 Be7
9.Ne2 Bg4
10.Nac3 Na6
11.O-O Qd7
12.NxN cxN
13.b4 Rac8
14.Bb2 Bf6
15.Re1 d4
16.Qb3 Be6
17.Qd1 d3
18.Nc3 Be7? (Maybe Rc4)
19.Rc1 f5
20.Qa4 (I was unhappy here.) QxQ
21.NxQ e4
22.Bd4 b6
23.Be5 Bb3
24.Nc3 Nc7
25.f3 Nd5? What a terrible move.
26.NxN BxN
27.fxe fxe
28.Bh3 Rc2 (finally)
29.RxR dxR
30.Rc1 Bb3
31.Bg2 Rd8?
32.Bc3 Bg5
33.Kf2 Rd3?
34.Ke2 Bxe
35.Bxe RxB
36.dxB Rc7?
37.Kd2 Rd7+
38.Kc3 Rd1
39.Kb2 (I could just as well resign?) RxR
40.KxR Kf7

And this game continues shamefully to a dead lost position which I resign. Any help?

Desmond
03-03-2007, 01:45 PM
1.c4 e5
2.Nc3 Nf6
3.g3 d5
4.cxd5 Nxd5
5.Bg2 c6 (Is this book? It looks good to me)
6.a3 Bc5
7.e3 O-O
8.Na4 Be7
9.Ne2 Bg4
10.Nac3 Na6
11.O-O Qd7
12.Nxd5 cxd5
13.b4 Rac8
14.Bb2 Bf6
15.Re1 d4
16.Qb3 Be6
17.Qd1 d3
18.Nc3 Be7? (Maybe Rc4)
19.Rc1 f5
20.Qa4 {I was unhappy here}Qxa4
21.Nxa4 e4
22.Bd4 b6
23.Be5 Bb3
24.Nc3 Nc7
25.f3 Nd5? What a terrible move.
26.Nxd5 Bxd5
27.fxe4 fxe4
28.Bh3 Rc2 (finally)
29.Rxc2 dxc2
30.Rc1 Bb3
31.Bg2 Rd8?
32.Bc3 Bg5
33.Kf2 Rd3?
34.Ke2 Bxe3
35.Bxe4 Rxc3
36.dxe3 Rc7?
37.Kd2 Rd7+
38.Kc3 Rd1
39.Kb2 {I could just as well resign?} Rxc1
40.Kxc1 Kf7

The_Soviet
03-03-2007, 01:53 PM
1.c4 e5
2.Nc3 Nf6
3.g3 d5
4.cxd5 Nxd5
5.Bg2 c6 (Is this book? It looks good to me)
6.a3 Bc5
7.e3 O-O
8.Na4 Be7
9.Ne2 Bg4
10.Nac3 Na6
11.O-O Qd7
12.Nxd5 cxd5
13.b4 Rac8
14.Bb2 Bf6
15.Re1 d4
16.Qb3 Be6
17.Qd1 d3
18.Nc3 Be7? (Maybe Rc4)
19.Rc1 f5
20.Qa4 {I was unhappy here}Qxa4
21.Nxa4 e4
22.Bd4 b6
23.Be5 Bb3
24.Nc3 Nc7
25.f3 Nd5? What a terrible move.
26.Nxd5 Bxd5
27.fxe4 fxe4
28.Bh3 Rc2 (finally)
29.Rxc2 dxc2
30.Rc1 Bb3
31.Bg2 Rd8?
32.Bc3 Bg5
33.Kf2 Rd3?
34.Ke2 Bxe3
35.Bxe4 Rxc3
36.dxe3 Rc7?
37.Kd2 Rd7+
38.Kc3 Rd1
39.Kb2 {I could just as well resign?} Rxc1
40.Kxc1 Kf7
Okay, sorry about that. Now...Some help..?

The_Soviet
03-03-2007, 02:08 PM
Perhaps I should have let that pawn go at the end. I'm certain that he played badly in the opening and I failed to take advantage of it.

Desmond
03-03-2007, 02:51 PM
In the final position, Black is only a pawn down (after the c2-pawn inevitably falls) and certainly lost with best play. However, you should be fighting very hard to salvage a draw. All is not lost.

Generally through the game I think you played pretty well. You kept control of the centre, and had a crushing position really. Perhaps you should have kept the queens on. After they came off, his position opened up nicely for him.

The_Soviet
03-03-2007, 03:27 PM
Thanks. Shredder said I should have moved b5 at a certain moment in order to keep the queens on. I am really not fond of this game at all.

The_Soviet
03-03-2007, 03:39 PM
In the final position, Black is only a pawn down (after the c2-pawn inevitably falls) and certainly lost with best play. However, you should be fighting very hard to salvage a draw. All is not lost.

Generally through the game I think you played pretty well. You kept control of the centre, and had a crushing position really. Perhaps you should have kept the queens on. After they came off, his position opened up nicely for him. What is your rating?

Basil
03-03-2007, 03:41 PM
I am really not fond of this game at all.
'Tis a wicked wicked mistress! In case you hadn't noticed, you're logged onto a BB on the other side of the planet, talking about and analysing a game of chess. Let me be the first to help you to the realisation (sorry, can't bring myself to put the 'zee' in realisation even for you!) that you is hooked and in leeerve!

Good luck and good game BTW :P

The_Soviet
03-03-2007, 03:48 PM
'Tis a wicked wicked mistress! In case you hadn't noticed, you're logged onto a BB on the other side of the planet, talking about and analysing a game of chess. Let me be the first to help you to the realisation (sorry, can't bring myself to put the 'zee' in realisation even for you!) that you is hooked and in leeerve!

Good luck and good game BTW :P
That's alright. I don't mind, as an IM once said to me, chess players are family.

Kevin Bonham
03-03-2007, 09:02 PM
5...Nb6 is book. 5...c6 is a little bit risky because of the line 6.Nxd5 cxd5 7.Qb3 e4 8.d3 with pressure on the black centre; 8...f5 would be too loose.

Yes generally white played the opening poorly. You could have played 11...Nxc3 12.bxc3 Qd3! with a very good position.

You had no cause to be too unhappy on move 20. You had a solid position and a small space advantage.

Yes your 25...Nd5? is an error but White's response was incorrect. White could have won a pawn with 26.fxe4.

31...Re8 would have been more accurate than ...Rd8 - the idea is to keep an eye on your weak pawn on e4. If your rook was on e8 immediately then White has no time to take it as he has to clear the other bishop off the line first, giving you time to move yours off e7.

Black should have played 32.Bd4. Your 32...Bg5 was good but ...Bf6 overloading white's dark square bishop would be even stronger.

Again on move 33, ...Bf6 is extremely strong. 34.Bxe4 Bxc3 35.dxc3 Rd1 36.Bxc2 Rd2+ (all forced) and you go a bishop for two pawns up and should win if careful in the ending. Instead you threw away your advantage on ideas that were quite creative but never going to work because White can always get the king over and then it is 3 pieces against 2 surrounding the c-pawn. You still could have cut and run quite nicely with 36...Ba4 so that you could at least take the a-pawn. That would probably have got you a draw.

Final position is indeed lost with best play but not as resignable as your comment said. The opponent has not played well enough to deserve such an early resignation - while he was able to convert there was some chance for mistakes.

As Boris said you played pretty well for most of the game. Generally you need to analyse tactics involving pawns more carefully, especially where this involves planning over a few moves as in the rook and two bishop positions through moves 32 onwards.

Sunshine
22-03-2007, 03:52 PM
Your 32...Bg5 was good but ...Bf6 overloading white's dark square bishop would be even stronger.


I think this would have been a winning move.