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likesforests
12-10-2007, 07:12 AM
If you have any thoughts on this game, they would be much appreciated. I've already written in my comments. A common theme in my opening is a queenside attack, so I want to get better at launching them.


Event: rated blitz match
Site: Free Internet Chess Server
Date: 2007.10.11
White: likesforests
Black: carismatico
Result: 1-0
ECO: A22
TimeControl: 120+12

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 d6 {out-of-book} 4. d3 Be7 5. g3 O-O 6. Bg2 h6 7. a3 Nbd7 {
The first "novelty". I think 7...a5 was better.} 8. b4 Rb8 9. b5 {I want to annex as much space as possible while my opponent is
putting up virtually no resistance, and if the queenside break open that's
great. My chess engine feels this is a mistake and O-O is better. I see no
reason for an immediate O-O since my kingside is as of yet in no danger. True,
b5 creates a hole on c5 but also an outpost on d5. What was the right plan and why? } Nh7 10. a4 {My chess engine and I again
disagree for the same reason as that last move.} Ng5 11. Nd5 Nxf3+ 12. Bxf3 Bg5 13. O-O {Connecting my major pieces in
preparation for a queenside breakthrough.} (13. Bxg5 $1 Qxg5 14.
Nxc7 {So if 13.Bxg5 then 13...hxg5 was forced. I wish I had noticed that then.}
) 13... c6 14. bxc6 bxc6 15. Bxg5 Qxg5 16. Ne3 {With hindsight, c3 might
have been a better square for my knight. } Bb7
17. Rb1 Nc5 18. Qc2 f5 19. Rb2 f4 20. Ng2 fxg3 {A difficult choice. hxg3 allows an attack on h3. fxg3
allows an attack on the open f-file.} 21. hxg3 {Black seems to
have counter-chances, perhaps equality. So now I wonder how my queenside
attack could have been executed more crisply so as to keep a slight edge. I'm
White, my opponent seemed to make some inaccuracies, and he wasted time
begging for some piece trades... all that should have helped me keep a slight
edge.} Ba6 $2 {carismatico resigns. He blundered a pawn. I
wouldn't have resigned against me only one pawn down, but oh well.} 1-0

Capablanca-Fan
12-10-2007, 11:46 AM
Event: rated blitz match
Site: Free Internet Chess Server
Date: 2007.10.11
White: likesforests
Black: carismatico
Result: 1-0
ECO: A22
TimeControl: 120+12

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 d6 {out-of-book} 4. d3 {You could play d4 here} Be7 5. g3 O-O 6. Bg2 h6 7. a3 {What's the point? Just play b4 immediately. And if he had played ...Nc6, then support b4 with Rb1 not a3, to save a tempo. The R often belongs on this file, and you might be able to play a4 in one go} 7... Nbd7 {
The first "novelty". I think 7...a5 was better.It would not prevent b4, and would allow another line to be opened. OTOH it would exchange a potential target pawn} 8. b4 Rb8 9. b5 {I want to annex as much space as possible while my opponent is
putting up virtually no resistance, and if the queenside break open that's
great. My chess engine feels this is a mistake and O-O is better. I see no
reason for an immediate O-O since my kingside is as of yet in no danger. True,
b5 creates a hole on c5 but also an outpost on d5. What was the right plan and why? } Nh7 10. a4 {My chess engine and I again
disagree for the same reason as that last move.} Ng5 11. Nd5 Nxf3+ 12. Bxf3 Bg5 13. O-O {Connecting my major pieces in
preparation for a queenside breakthrough.} (13. Bxg5 $1 Qxg5 14.
Nxc7 {So if 13.Bxg5 then 13...hxg5 was forced. I wish I had noticed that then.}
) 13... c6 14. bxc6 bxc6 15. Bxg5 Qxg5 16. Ne3 {With hindsight, c3 might
have been a better square for my knight. Even with foresight, because ...f5-f4 is his only attacking plan, and your N just becomes another target for it} Bb7
17. Rb1 Nc5 18. Qc2 f5 19. Rb2 f4 20. Ng2 fxg3 {A difficult choice. hxg3 allows an attack on h3. fxg3
allows an attack on the open f-file.} 21. hxg3 {Black seems to
have counter-chances, perhaps equality. So now I wonder how my queenside
attack could have been executed more crisply so as to keep a slight edge. I'm
White, my opponent seemed to make some inaccuracies, and he wasted time
begging for some piece trades... all that should have helped me keep a slight
edge.} Ba6 $2 {carismatico resigns. He blundered a pawn. I
wouldn't have resigned against me only one pawn down, but oh well.} 1-0

likesforests
12-10-2007, 02:19 PM
Thanks Jono for the excellent ideas. I replayed the position without a3 and with Nc3 instead of Ne3 and the couple extra tempi make a big difference, because then White lands a queenside attack before Black can attack on the kingside.