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tulkos 15 ( +1 | -1 )
May I have a little analysis? I just played a game I am very happy with. board #467923
edmaster 7 ( +1 | -1 )
caldazar 311 ( +1 | -1 )
Some notes 1. e4 e6 2. f4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Bd6 5. d4 Ne7 6. Be2

Perhaps 6. Bd3 instead to slow down Black's play against the f4-pawn.

6... Ng6 7. g3

With the light-squared bishop on e2, this doesn't look as appealing. 7. Ne5 when a capture on e5 can be met by 8. fxe5 (7... f6 8. Nxg6 hxg6 9. Bd3).

7... Bh3 8. Nc3 c6 9. Be3

Slightly better might be 9. Ng5 to eliminate the h3-bishop and reduce pressure against the light squares on the kingside. 9. Ng5 Bf5 (9... Bg2? Rg1, 9... Qd7 10. Nxh3 Qxh3 11. Bg4 Qg2 12. Qe2+ Qxe2+ 13. Bxe2) 10. Bd3 Bxd3 11. Qxd3 with a roughly equal position.

9... O-O 10. Qd2 10.Bb4

White's last move signals queenside castling, so I'd probably play 10... b5, getting queenside play started.

11. a3

Probably not such a good idea given that opposite-side castling is about to occur, with a race on opposite wings.

11...Ba5 12. O-O-O Nd7

Or 12... b5, which is probably also playable.

13. Qd3

Or 13. Ng5 Bf5 (13.. Bg2 14. Rhg1 is pretty much the same thing) 14. g4 Bxc3 15. Qxc3 Be4 16. Nxe4 dxe4 17. d5 with active piece play.

13... b5 14. f5

or 14. Ng5 with the same idea as in the previous note.

14... Ne7 15. Nh4 b4

Is this enough to counterbalance White's play on the kingside? I can't tell here, but perhaps 15... Bxc3 16. Qxc3 Nxf5 17. Nxf5 Bxf5 might be better, when the race is in full swing but one of White's pawn battering rams is removed. Of course, this also opens the f-file for White, so it might be a mixed bag.

16. axb4 Bxb4 17. Bf4

While this does hold up a possible ...Rb8 by Black, I prefer to continue the charge with 17. g4 since ...Rb8 loses to Bf4 anyway.


Again, 17... Bxc3 18. Qxc3 Nxf5 ideas were possible, and again it's not entirely clear to me that Black gets the better deal. 17... Qa5 looks okay as an alternative to the move played.

18. Qf3 Nd6

Better is 18... a5, continuing the attack.

19. Bd3

Being greedy with 19. Na2 might be playable, although it is extremely risky. One sample line might be 19. Na2 a5 20. Nxb4 axb4 21. Bxd6 Bg4 22. Qxg4 Nf6 23. Qf3 Ne4 24. c4 Qxd6 when White has an extra piece while Black has a massive attack. Can White survive after 19. Na2? I have no idea, but it might be worth looking at. In any case, 19. Bd3 looks bad as it cuts off the White queen's defense of the c3-knight.

19... Nf6 20. Bg5

Slightly better is 20. Ne2 Nde4, but even then, I prefer Black's position.

20... Bg4

After 20... Bxc3 21. bxc3, White's king starts to look a bit exposed.

21. Qxg4 Nxg4 22. Bxd8 Rfxd8 23. Rdf1

Better is 23. Na2 to prevent ...Bxc3.

23... Rde8

I can't see a good reason not to play 23... Bxc3 24. bxc3 when Black gets a passed a-pawn.

24. Rf4 Nf6 25. Nf3

Better is still 25. Na2

25... Bxc3 26. bxc3 Nde4

I'd prefer 26... Nfe4 so that the knight on d6 can exert pressure on c4.

27. c4 Rab8

The rook was positioned just fine behind the passed a-pawn.

28. Ne5 Nc3 29. Kd2 Nfe4+ 30. Bxe4 Nxe4+ 31. Kd3 f6

White wasn't seriously threatening f6. ...Rb6 or ...Rb4 starts to activate the rooks.

32. Nxc6 dxc4+ 33. Kxc4

And now White has the better position.

33... Rb2 34. Kd3 Nd6 35. Nxa7 Ra8 36. Nc6 Ra3+ 37. c3 Raa2 38. Rd1

Or 38. Nb4 Rd2+ 39. Ke3 Nc4+ 40. Ke4

38... Rxh2 39. Nb4

Better is 39. Rf3 and if Black insists on trying to win the g-pawn with 39... Rag2, then 40. c4 Rh3 41. c5


Now White has nothing to show for the lost g-pawn.

40. Rf3 Rh3 41. Rdf1 Rgxg3 42. Rxg3 Rxg3+ 43. Kc2 Rg5

Better is 43... h5 which gives Black some counterplay.

44. Nd5 Kf7 45. Ne3 Ke7

Perhaps 45... Rg3 46. Kd3 h5

46. Kd3 Kd7

Still available was 46... Rg3. Now White's pawns get rolling.

47. c4 Kc6 48. c5 Nb5 49. Kc4 Nc7 50. d5+ Kd7 51. d6 Ne8 52. Kd5 g6 53. c6+ Kd8 54. Ra1 1-0

All in all, a tense and interesting game. Nice playing.
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