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Hi folks ! I played this game in Houston Chess Club in a weekend G60 tournament .This is the third and final round of the tournament . I had to win this game with black pieces to finish tied for first place .My opponent is a pretty strong player and is of NM standard.He choose to play some Unsual moves in the opening and paid the price for it .
there are plenty of ways to win that position
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I am not fully convinced that white had anything prepared in this opening, seems more like a desperate attempt to throw his opponent off-balance. Having said that, Na4 lacks a bite - no clear plan. b4 avoids the pawn capture, preventing c5...then something like Na4 makes sense, because the knight can head to c5 square. Maybe white can then followup with a queenside pawn expansion; perhaps c4 instead of Rb1 on move 12 was better for white.
Structurally, the knight on a4, bishop on d2 and the backward c and e pawns are white's undoing, and sadly he did not seem to realize the threat until after it was executed. A very well played game from black's perspective. Solid, and effective play!
thanks for posting the game. As a humble patzer I find these annotated games very helpful. More please!
Hii burgess ...Thanks for your comments ...certainly 8...Bc3 is not the best choice and instead the simple 0-0 should maintain the edge .But nevertheless after 8 ...Bxc3 bc3 0-0 c4 Re8 cd5 cd5 Re1 here instead of Ba6 ...black could improve with Rb8 after Bg5 h6 Bf6 Qf6 white can take on d5 with Bishop since Rd8 with the idea c6 ...if white takes the pawn with Qd5 then Re2 ! and the a1 rook is hanging ... so its about equal position . But defintely as you pointed out Bc3 is not the best choice caz it gives white a free game removing his weaknesses .
Great game, but after the 'threat' of 8...Bxc3 and the subsequent line you gave as 'slightly better for black', white can easily exchange one of his doubled pawns after 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.c4 (not 10.Ba3 Re8 11.c4 Ba6!), he has the bishop pair and is not worse. e.g. (10...Re8 11.cxd5 cxd5 12.Re1 Ba6 13.Bg5 h6 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Qxd5 Rad8 16.Qf3 and white is perhaps better. How does black regain the pawn? 16...Bxe2 just leaves black with a pair of isolated, doubled-pawns... after 17.Qxf6 gxf6.
Interestingly, several of white's weaknesses (the b2 pawn, the inability to contest black's pawn centre, etc) could have been averted by 8.0-0 Bxc3 9.bxc3 :D - perhaps it was white's best chance?
yes jemery ... after Ba4 d3 cd3 cd3 Nf4 d2 ! attacking both rook is winning
A very nice game indeed.
White could try to play 23. Ba4, but black could still easily win with 23..d3!
Hey Nikhil, I am from Houston also. Looking forward to playing you OTB sometime!
A very nice game. Its hard to tell where white had made a mistake in this game. yes his opening was not inspiring but is that sufficient to loose the game? black's center pawns seem not have any opposing forces, they just kept rolling till the end. The end is pretty neat too!
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Bishops dominating Rooks !
by Nikhileshk 22 months ago
Pawn endgame !
by Nikhileshk 2 years ago
Final round !
Back rank mate !
by Nikhileshk 3 years ago
Close Game !
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