1/4 Chess 2/3

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Played some terrible blitz last night and donked off like a hundred points, that never feels good.

Game One


Game started in the same fashion as a couple of others we have already looked at with e4 d5 e5 c5, and we end up with our Knight pinned:

The thing I used to do is returning the pin with my own bishop on g4, but John Bartholomew introduced me to the interesting idea Bd7, which has a neat point, that if white plays O-O, black can take the pawn on e5 with nice tactics. The second most popular move!

Clearly we are doing well

He plays Bxc6 and we take back with our bishop. He then plays c3 and I replied with e6, the normal response in these positions and what I would have played after d4. However, while e6 is at least equalizing, it looks like him allowing me to play d4 is a mistake, and I should capitalize. I’ll try to remember that in the future, as a lot of people prepare d4 with c3.

We arrive here:

We have both used just 15 seconds, and I have a slightly uncomfortable pin. Since I haven’t castled I decide to poke at his bishop, which is something that seems to be a decent rule of thumb. He takes on e7 and I think I have a plan!

We’ve got the bishop pair and whenever I take on d4 he’s probably going to end up with a backward pawn. Additionally, he’s got two knights. I need to open up the position and my bishops should outclass his knights by a lot.

He misplayed the maneuvering game and let me get this tactic:

I made a minor mistake choosing which square to retreat to after taking the knight:

Bb5 gaining the tempo on the rook was best, because I could follow it up with a5 and not lose that pawn. I was just fine with dropping the pawn, but did not consider saving it.

He then goes full savage mode with g4:

Do you see the excellent idea? Bg5 traps the queen!! I did not see it.

Instead I swapped rooks and broke into the f-file.

I did eventually trap his queen, but it was only the fourth best move in the position!

I considered the f4 captures, but went for the material.

He tried to sacrifice his knight for his queen, but the tactics weren’t working:

One more desperation attempt and he gives up here:

Game Two


We’ve got the black pieces and the opponent opens d4 but goes for some weird stonewall attack:

My repertoire is to play Nc6 here, but uh, I forgot. Played cxd4. I did remember that I need to control the b1-h7 diagonal that and if I can trade light square bishops he has basically no attack.

I should have been aiming for something like this:

Instead we got this, which looks fine:

He soon plays f4 for typical stonewall structure, but the guy doesn’t have a light square bishop…

Naturally I jump Ng3 to win an exchange.

I was not sure the best follow-up:

I ended up giving him a terrible pawn structure:

He let me trade queens without much of a fight:

I was down to a minute and missed some nice tactics using checks on the 2nd rank here:

Eventually I traded everything except his one rook for my rook and two connected pawns and made a queen and showed him my K+R v K technique:

Game 3


Black pieces ends in disaster with a move 16 blunderino!

He opens with the c3 london, and I blank that I should play Bf5:

Luckily for me, we transpose and I’ve got a decent position:

Here I should have played either Qb6 or e6. Instead I played h6, which isn’t losing, but does kinda suck.

We got to here:

I remembered from prior analysis that I’m supposed to let him play Nxc6 and it doesn’t really matter, but I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to do instead. e6 and Nd7 are both good.

He then initiated a queen trade, which gave him a semi-open a-file, but ruined his pawns.

Again, I should have given up the c-pawn, if Nd7 Nxc6 Rc8 gives black a great position, but I was too scared!

Instead I ended up in this terrible position:

I could have played Ke7 and just been a little worse as he gets a nice attack on the queenside, but instead I focused too much on the b-file and played Rb8 and he took it and that’s all the wrote.

You Resign Now! - Imgflip

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