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Ausknight
21-02-2009, 05:08 PM
Hi guys, just looking for a little feedback on the following game. My opponent forfeited the match by disconnecting (although when he left, he only had 90 seconds left) and after he plays a4 on turn 20, I am not sure what my next best move would have been.

I was trying to threaten a very nasty fork with Ne3, but he had the Bishop on d2 which I was trying to dislodge.

I was toying either with moving Ne3 and force the fork early (forcing Bxe3 and following up with the pawn and then threatening a pawn fork on the following turn) or going Ba5, threatening the attacking line again to dislodge the Bishop.

Your thoughts?

Please, ignore the bad opening here, I'm still a learner and my opponent's responses in the opening threw me off completely.

Cheers

Event: rated standard match
Site: Free Internet Chess Server
Date: 2009.02.21
Round: ?
White: TheKings
Black: Ausknight
Result: 0-1
WhiteElo: 1331P
BlackElo: 1413P
ECO: C24
TimeControl: 900

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 c6 4. Nf3 Bb4+ 5. c3 Ba5 6. b4 Bb6 7. Ng5 d5 8.
exd5 cxd5 9. Bb3 O-O 10. Be3 d4 11. cxd4 exd4 12. Bf4 Bg4 13. f3 Re8+ 14. Kf1
Nd5 15. Bd2 Bf5 16. Bc2 Nc6 17. a3 a5 18. b5 Na7 19. g4 Bg6 20. a4 {TheKings
forfeits by disconnection} 0-1

Kevin Bonham
21-02-2009, 05:28 PM
I was toying either with moving Ne3 and force the fork early (forcing Bxe3 and following up with the pawn and then threatening a pawn fork on the following turn)

This is fine and probably best. He will block the pawn fork threat next move and save his knight with Ne4 but his position is full of holes anyway. You have lots of good followups - ...Qd4 and ...Rac8, or take his knight and ...Qh4 for example. Keep control of the position and you'll win.


or going Ba5, threatening the attacking line again to dislodge the Bishop.

You can't, there is a pawn on a5.

If you want to really show off there is 20...Rd3!? but it's not as simple or as sensible as ...Ne3+!, although it is bound to be enough to win.

Ausknight
21-02-2009, 07:35 PM
Thanks for that Kevin. The forced fork was my intention anyway, I just liked the position as it felt there were a number of interesting possibilities there from where I was.

Desmond
21-02-2009, 09:25 PM
Looks like a classic case of, "oh I'm losing. *ALT-F4*"

Basil
21-02-2009, 09:33 PM
Looks like a classic case of, "oh I'm losing. *ALT-F4*"
In my online chessing days, I often wondered how many people did that. We all know the pain of being about to win and dropping out, so I believed some genuine losers simply dropped out inadvertently at inopportune times.

But as for the deliberate dropping out ... I'm sure it happens.