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lisakki
10-08-2008, 03:31 PM
Ok, so I was playing this game on chessmaster 10 vs berry, a 1000ish AI. I pretty much did everything I learned to do, develop quickly, centralize, king safety, etc etc, and ended with this position here:

http://img376.imageshack.us/img376/975/whyfh1.th.png (http://img376.imageshack.us/my.php?image=whyfh1.png)

Me=White

The thing is, I have no idea how to attack. I ended up getting time pressured, blundered, and lost the game. So like, what do I do in a situation like this?

Zwischenzug
10-08-2008, 03:52 PM
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Zwischenzug
10-08-2008, 04:00 PM
No need to attack, black is already extremely cramped, you can just squeeze black to death. I would play a4, preventing black's freeing move b5.

Kevin Bonham
10-08-2008, 09:35 PM
No need to attack, black is already extremely cramped, you can just squeeze black to death.

Certainly an option but requires a fair amount of positional skill.

My normal inclination in this kind of position is to just get the knight out of the way, ram the f-pawn up the board, half-open the f-file and hammer f7 for as long as it takes. But in this case d5 threatening Bb6 is probably even more fun.

There are actually a lot of different plans for white that should work here because black's position is terrible (and I say this even as someone who gets some very cramped positions sometimes.)

Rincewind
10-08-2008, 11:22 PM
There are actually a lot of different plans for white that should work here because black's position is terrible (and I say this even as someone who gets some very cramped positions sometimes.)

I like the look of Qe4. This not only prevents b5 it also centralises the queen. Next move would be d5. I don't think black can afford to take. Then play Ng5 and then the f4-f5 break.

I wouldn't like to be black. Once all that is in position blacks position should disintegrate under the pressure on e6/f7.

Capablanca-Fan
11-08-2008, 12:42 AM
No need to attack, black is already extremely cramped, you can just squeeze black to death. I would play a4, preventing black's freeing move b5.
Yes, then try KB's idea of d5/Bb6. Black can't last long.

Aaron Guthrie
11-08-2008, 01:31 AM
d5 is just deadly. Also b5 after d5 looks like junk- 1.d5 b5 2.de6 de6 (2...fe6 just looks too bad) 3.Qe4 gets material. Also 2.a4!? (2.bc4 Bb6).

It would be nice if Ng5 then Qf5 worked (or even Nxf7 first) to kill quick, but I don't think it does (1...Nh6). Of course Ng5-f4-f5 as mentioned is very strong.

lisakki
11-08-2008, 03:04 AM
I eventually did play d5, but all black did was simply take back using his d pawn, blockading my e pawn, and when I moved rook d1 to try to force the pawn forward he just moved his queen up and blockaded that too.

I ended up with this position:

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/4254/whyfn9.th.png (http://img401.imageshack.us/my.php?image=whyfn9.png)

Is it really a good idea to push my f pawn? I thought one of the basics of chess is that you try not to disrupt the pawn wall of your king until the endgame.

Zwischenzug
11-08-2008, 03:14 AM
Is it really a good idea to push my f pawn? I thought one of the basics of chess is that you try not to disrupt the pawn wall of your king until the endgame.

In this situation, you can get away with disrupting your king's cover because black is extremely cramped and has no way to get at your king.

MichaelBaron
17-08-2008, 12:13 PM
Black is completely paralised..so really..no need to do anything :). The simplest play for white is Ng5 followed by f4 and f5

ER
05-11-2008, 06:02 PM
Event: Box Hill Chess Club Open
Date: 31/10/08
Round 7
White: Roger Croft
Black: Elliott Renzies
Result 0-1

This is the last round of the tournament and (having forfeited Round 6) I have to win at all costs to get to the 4 points and be amongst the prizes!
Michael, insisted in one of the two lessons he gave me, to always search for the best positioning of my pieces and to examine all possible ways to get them there!


1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. a3 Bxc3 4. bxc3 d5 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 O-O 7. cxd5
Nxd5 8. e3 c6 9. Ne2 Na6 10. O-O Nc5 11. d4 exd4 12. cxd4 Ne6 13. Qb3 Re8 14. Bb2 Ng5 15. h4 Ne4 16. Rad1 Qc7 17. Nc3 Ndxc3 18. Bxc3 Be6 19. Qb2 Bd5 20. Kh2 Re6 21. Bxe4 Rxe4 22. f3 Rxh4+ 23. Kg2 Rg4 24. Qf2 Rg6 25. e4 {in this position I realised I wanted my a Rook at e2 forking White's King and Queen so...} Re8 26. exd5 Re2 27. d6 Qxd6

White resigned

Capablanca-Fan
05-11-2008, 06:46 PM
Event: Box Hill Chess Club Open
Date: 31/10/08
Round 7
White: Roger Croft
Black: Elliott Renzies
Result 0-1

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Bb4 3. a3 Bxc3 4. bxc3 d5 5. g3 Nf6 6. Bg2 O-O 7. cxd5
Nxd5 8. e3 c6 9. Ne2 Na6 10. O-O Nc5 11. d4 exd4 12. cxd4 Ne6 13. Qb3 Re8 14. Bb2 Ng5 15. h4 Ne4 16. Rad1 Qc7 17. Nc3 Ndxc3 18. Bxc3 Be6 19. Qb2 Bd5 20. Kh2 Re6 21. Bxe4 Rxe4 22. f3 Rxh4+ 23. Kg2 Rg4 24. Qf2 Rg6 25. e4 {in this position I realised I wanted my a Rook at e2 forking White's King and Queen so...} Re8 26. exd5 Re2 27. d6 Qxd6

White resigned
A very neat finish!

Kevin Bonham
05-11-2008, 06:52 PM
Michael, insisted in one of the two lessons he gave me, to always search for the best positioning of my pieces and to examine all possible ways to get them there!

This is an insight that Capablanca was strong on. Many endgames in particular can be best solved (for a human) not by brute force look-ahead analysis but by working out where you want your pieces to go and then finding the way to get them there.

Nice trap leaving the bishop en prise with that threat. Well done.

ER
05-11-2008, 08:45 PM
Thank you both Jono and Kev! Nice to hear of your imput!
Cheers and good luck!