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Post by Casey on Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:55 pm



I'll occasionally be doing an analysis of our games. I'll do it without computer aid to get a more (or less?) "pure" opinion of what happened in the game, what went right or wrong, and so on. Obviously, I would be very interested in your own opinions of the game.

In our last game you started off strongly despite innovating your own opening. I tried to lock down the center, but you counter attacked, and soon I had doubled pawns on the e file, baring my King's defences, and not aiding in my own development. On move 13 I'm not sure why I recaptured your Knight with my Bishop; had I retaken with the pawn that would have undoubled the e file and provided better defence, I think.

By move 17 my pawn position was horrible. Four (count 'em, four!) pawn islands, the still doubled pawns, and cramped positions. Besides your lonely pawn on b7, you had a lovely pawn chain stretching from the d to the h file. The only good thing I think I could say about my position was the strong Bishop on d5, but that could be easily dislodged by (for example) Ne7.

I think your first mistake that helped me start to equalize was on move 18 with 18 ... f5. Not only did this allow me to take with exf5, undoubling my pawns, but it also broke up your own pawn chain, making the defence of your own King more difficult. I think that the previously mentioned Ne7 would have been better. I would have been forced to either move my Bishop from its strong position, or to trade it for your Knight.

Your first unequal loss of material started with 22 ... Nd4, which allowed me (after the Knight exchange) to grab you pawn on b7. The next mistake was mine, with 27 g4. You could have actually taken that pawn with Bxg4, and I would have been unable to retake with hxg4, as that pawn was pinned to my King by your Rook! I didn't notice this until after I moved; fortunately for me you didn't notice.

I think that 29 ... Rh4 was also a mistake. This placed your Rook in a position where it was doing nothing useful, and later caused the Rook to become trapped. It also allowed 30 Rf7, forking your King and Bishop. This was your first serious loss of material. After that it all went downhill.

If instead of 32 ... Rh8 (allowing mate) you had kept your f8 Rook on the f file, I would probably have exchanged Rooks, but that is all I would have been able to do. My plan was to push my two passed pawns, all the while keeping an eye on your own passed pawn. With the advantage of my Bishop - who could control the promotion squares of both my passed pawns, I think that absent a blunder on my own I could either promote one of my pawns or force you to sacrifice a Rook for one of them. Still, before the checkmate, the game was far from over.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:13 pm

Still, before the checkmate, the game was far from over.

No, that game was over. My pieces were in disarray and my King was exposed and unprotected. You had the clear shot to take the King out and took it. The game could go on no longer because my pieces were scattered and broken. I had no defense left and my King was wide open. All the perfect elements for the checkmate.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:50 pm

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Still, before the checkmate, the game was far from over.

No, that game was over. My pieces were in disarray and my King was exposed and unprotected. You had the clear shot to take the King out and took it. The game could go on no longer because my pieces were scattered and broken. I had no defense left and my King was wide open. All the perfect elements for the checkmate.    

Well, yes, I agree. Before your game ending move the computer (yes, I did finally run it through the chess.com computer analysis) put me at +8, well enough to eventually force a win. But what I mean is that it could have taken me a lot longer than it did.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:31 pm

But what I mean is that it could have taken me a lot longer than it did.

Yes, but you found a way. Two rooks will do that for you.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Mon Aug 18, 2014 2:14 pm

Nasty, ugly slugfest. No finesse, no grace. Just a bloody, backalley brawl with whatever improvised weapons can be found. Bricks, bottles, boards. Only one will bloodily crawl from the alley.

To begin with, I liked how you handled the opening at first. Taking my c pawn and then guarding him with a bishop, I liked that. I don't know much about openings so couldn't tell you if it was "academically sound", but I felt that that was a decent way to handle things.

The first mistake was mine on move 4. I should have at this time captured your Queen with mine, forcing you to retake with your King and thus preventing you from castling the entire game. I didn't, and fortunately you didn't take my Queen with yours, which would have done the same to me. A few moves later (move 9), I finally did so, which I think gave me a strategic advantage in the game, but one that I'm not sure I used to my benefit.

And then the killer, 10 ... Nc2, trapping my poor Rook and leaving him to be slaughtered by your Knight. So it happened, and you were up the Exchange. You defended your weak pawns on the b and c files, preventing me from exploiting the queenside, and controlling space on my side of the board.

I turned my attention to the kingside, and there found some luck. Your move 15 ... h5 was the big mistake of the game, allowing 16 Ng5, and forcing the combination that allowed me to win a bishop and three pawns for two pawns of my own.

Mathematically, I was ahead in material at this point, but I felt that my position was unclear. I had three separate pawn islands. I had no idea how I was going to defend the queenside island. You had a 4 to 2 pawn majority there, my center island was a lone pawn and weak, and I felt that your rook majority would easily be able to hold down my kingside pawn island.

I began a series of moves that may have been tactically dubious, as I was having difficulty seeing them to their logical conclusion, as you had a multitude of reasonable responses to each of my moves.

I seemed to do well eliminating the threat of your strong pawn position, but this was done at the expense of my own position. You managed to take one of my own pawns, simultaneously attacking my undefended Bishop and the other pawn. I could defend one or the other. Defending the Bishop was obvious, but even then had you taken the other pawn you would have simultaneously attacked my Knight.

In order to defend the Bishop I moved 26 Kf2. This was a monumental mistake. I voluntarily (though unintentionally) pinned my Bishop to my King. This Bishop was defending my h5 Knight from your h8 rook. This meant that you could have taken that Knight for free. Had you done so, this would have significantly reduced my chances of winning. I would have been down the Exchange again, and your two Rooks would probably have had a relatively easy time against my lone Rook and Bishop.

Fortunately (for me), this did not happen. I think that strategically pushing your passed pawn was a good idea, maybe even a winning idea, it lost you the game. After that move I had 27 Ng3#, ending the bloodbath.

Your thoughts are most certainly welcome also.


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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Sun Aug 24, 2014 5:03 pm

I wish we could upload .pgn files. Then we could display the lovely play-by-play slaughter right here on the forum.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:11 pm

Trying to get this to work. You have to have an account on www.geekswithchess.com



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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Sun Nov 30, 2014 7:12 pm

Evil or Very Mad


The code shows up in the preview!!!

Evil or Very Mad
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Sun Nov 30, 2014 8:46 pm

The code shows up in the preview!!!

Yes, the same thing happened with me when I tried to paste the embedded link from chess.com into the reply window here.

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Post by Casey on Mon Dec 01, 2014 7:13 pm

Well, I've done some half assed research, and it seems that it's possible to do in phpbb code (that's the ones and zeros that this site is run on). However, it takes more skill than I have to introduce the code to the site and have it run smoothly.
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Post by Better Quell Jorel on Mon Dec 01, 2014 9:46 pm

Well, I've done some half assed research, and it seems that it's possible to do in phpbb code (that's the ones and zeros that this site is run on). However, it takes more skill than I have to introduce the code to the site and have it run smoothly.

Hey, at least you tried. I think we might need to link our moves to either the Chess.com game editor or else create a Chess.com blog with static images for reference. It means having to click back and forth between two Websites, but that's the only thing I can figure for now.
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Post by Casey on Tue Dec 02, 2014 8:02 pm

Yeah, I can't think of a better alternative, other than to hire a computer programmer/web designer to make what we want...
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Sun Dec 28, 2014 7:00 pm

Yea. I made it to the endgame in our last match. That's all I have to say about that. Unless I decide to do a full-blown analysis on the event, of course.

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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:12 pm

Yeah. You blundered a piece. Then I blundered a piece. Then you blundered a piece and the game was more or less over. There wasn't much you could do with your rook when I was fiddling around up in your territory with my rook and knight, with a pawn storm coming.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Fri Jan 02, 2015 5:22 pm

Alright, here's my in depth analysis of your last game against whitebull:


You were up a queen, two rooks, and a handful of pawns.

And then for some reason, he resigned.

Razz


Seriously, sometimes it gets to the point where your opponent should have resigned some time ago, and now you're just playing around with him. See this recent game of mine for example. I was going to promote all of my pawns before going for the checkmate:

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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Thu Jan 15, 2015 3:23 pm

After this last chess match, I feel I need to say something in the guise of someone else.




ME AM TOR JOHNSON! ME AM BEST CHESS GUY THAT EVER WAS!

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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Tue Feb 10, 2015 9:01 pm

30. Rg7??? Bxg7


Before that amazingly clever move of mine I think that I had a somewhat better game, my pawns and rook vs his bishop pair. Blundering your last piece in the endgame is not the best strategy.


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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Sat Jan 02, 2016 12:40 pm

I am throwing a request out there for anyone out there in Internet land. This is a chess game that I won quite handily and I'm not entirely sure how it happened. I mean I just employed a tactic and his whole line fell to pieces; but there must be more to the analysis than that. Are there any brave souls out there who would care to explain how it this odd win came to be?

This is the game I won. Anyone know how?
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Casey on Sun Jan 03, 2016 3:54 pm

This game is not difficult to analyze. Nyynut played a horrible game. Which tactic of yours did you have in mind? To me it seemed that he just played blunder after blunder.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Mon Jan 04, 2016 4:19 pm

This game is not difficult to analyze. Nyynut played a horrible game. Which tactic of yours did you have in mind? To me it seemed that he just played blunder after blunder.

I won't disagree with you there, which is odd because I observed him play much better in other games.

No, the tactic I was referring to happened in move move 11 when I forced his knight to block a check and then took his knight without using my own, which set up a forking attack on his bishop and rook. I thought he would do something to get his rook out of danger at least, but he chose to move his queen into position with the intent of breaking my castled pawn wall instead. That series of events in my opinion is where the game really turned in my favor.
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Post by Casey on Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:38 am

Well, I would say first of all that his gross strategic mistake was to leave his king so unprotected, mostly by his kingside pawn advance, and lack of castling. You're right, his misfortune actually began at 10 ... Qh4+. 11 Ng3 was forced; it was his only move possible. Moving his queen instead of the rook was a pretty bad move, but you were going to get it anyway (e.g. Rg1, Ne2 with discovered check, Rg3, Qxg3 and he gets your Knight and loses the exchange). At that point you have no additional pieces to help your attack on the king, so you're merely up quite a bit of material.

14 g5 is fairly inexplicable. It in no way attacks your position and seriously weakens his, allowing your Bishop in on the attack with the loss of his h pawn. 15 gxh6 is bizarre, as again it does nothing for him but grabs a pawn, and it loses him his en prise Bishop. The rest is all downhill, but fortunately he didn't have far to fall from there, with forced mate a couple of moves away.
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Re: Chess game analysis

Post by Better Quell Jorel on Thu Jan 07, 2016 3:10 pm

Yeah, Nyynut really blew it. I wonder how he managed to get his score up that high? Maybe he was having a bad day or something. Anyway, I got a soy trophy out of it.
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