Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Advice please ...

I played a charming student last night who comprehensively slaughtered me. But it did have some interesting moments. I've put up here the position going into black's move 11. (This is something you can do in the PGN editor if you choose manual set up and clear the board and then set out the peices).

I played d6, a wasted move disregarding the threat of Ne5. Could I have done something more promising with this? Its the sort of position that I always seem to play badly ...


  1. I don't think there was anything wrong with 11 ....d6 !
    Lets stop and think.
    You have the same number of knights developed as him. In addition you have castled, your Q is on a reasonable square and your Black squared B is in play. You have the advantage and it ill increase if the position is is opened up. (An old adage - when a position opens up it is to the advantage of the better developed player).
    I think I saw what happened afterwards which was 12 Nd5 Nxd5 13 Nxd5 Qe6. Qe6 is the wrong move. Just a simple retreat Qd8 and everything is fine for Black. Whites KP is under heavy fire and maybe he will have to play 14 exd6 Qxd6 and the position is just getting better and better for Black (pawn exchanges are in Blacks interest)

  2. Thanks for the advice Bob. Unfortunately what you thought you saw was not what actually happened. More like 12. Ncd5 Nbxc2+ 13. Nxc2
    Nxc2+ 14. Qxc2 ... and that was before it got really bad. Thinking of offering some parts of this game to Cawston blog so that the juniors can jump all over it!


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