Wednesdays Round 4

Thursdays Round 4

I’ve spent hours looking at these games, but at this point I don’t want to point out improvements, as my blog is readily available to local players.  I’d rather publish my improvements, OTB.  😉




5 thoughts on “Draws

  1. Wednesday game – unfortunately you missed opportunities in the opening, which he didn’t play very well. 7. Qa4 or 7. Bc4 was keeping pressure without committing too much.
    You could take pawn on e6 two moves earlier, avoiding queens exchange, he had an unpleasant position after 13. Bxe6 Bxe6 14. Qxe6 Nd7 15. 0-0 Qb6 16. Qe2.
    Move 15 is a last chance to keep pressure with 15. Rcd1 Nf5 16. g4 Ng7 17. Nd4.
    After 15. Bxe6 it is pretty much drawn.
    Good lesson for the future – how you can win the game in the opening.

  2. Thanks for the analysis! Actually, the big problem is that this opening isn’t really any good, other than for equality; Although, after he plays …Nf6-g8 after e5, I am very close to winning. Bc4 or Qa4 like you say (Qa4 is very strong – I examined it at the board, but wasn’t sure).

    Yes, I should have taken on e6 earlier, before it meant the trade of queens (I simply missed the move …Qb6) as was my original intention. Keeping the last pair of rooks on is winning. Also, the double-knight endgame is completely winning for White as well! I should have played Kg2 instead of trading either knight, particularly before the …Nb4, which wasn’t correct. This is where it pays to save time for endgames, particularly complex ones.

  3. Thursday’s game – maybe not taking on d6 would give you more chances.
    I think 22. Re4 or even Qe3 was better than g3.
    There was a chance for perpetual earlier – 32. Nxf7+ Kg8 33. Nh6+ .

  4. Originally, I wanted to play 21.Ne4 followed by 22.g3. After 21.Nf3, the g3 idea doesn’t seem to work, as natural-looking as it appears. Sarah liked your 22.Re4, and Paul Anderson immediately liked 22.Qe3 (…QxQ), 23.exQ. 22.Nc3e4 initial computer suggestion looks logical because it controls f6 and cuts off the queen from attacking the d4 pawn, but it didn’t pan out so well as I recall. So 22.Qe3 does seem best, and this position is better for White, and really best in the hands of an Expert or above, and ideally with plenty of time on the clock. It’s interesting how an Expert would be less concerned with refuting anything rather than simply improving the position (and taking the queens off the game seems to change the strategy dramatically!). It’s one of those things where a GM will usually know how to outplay by making incremental improvements.

    I agree that it’s amazing I didn’t even consider taking on f7, let alone see the perpetual!

    Allowing d5 in the opening is interesting. At first thought, it feels as though White is allowing the “French bishop” out, but then you have to consider dynamic continuations such as 9.Nc3 Bf5, 10.Nh4 Bc8 (Bd7 drops d5), 11.f4 and White is better, so it’s best to consider 9.Nc3 Bg4, 10.Be3 e6, 11.a3 when after 11…Na5, 12.Bc2 Nbc4, 13.Bc1 Qb6, 14.b3 BxNf3, 15.gxBf3 looks outstanding for White. Now 15…Nxd4, 16.bxNc4 is not enough positional comp for Black’s material, and if he moves his other knight, Na4c3, then his Nb6 knight becomes superflous for that side of the board. Eventually, Black may try to open this position up with f6, and castle 0-0-0, and it could get dynamic again. Black is probably better in this variation than in the game variation.

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