Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Pegler - Sweatman revisited (and same result as previously)

I was playing Paul Sweatman, who I last played in my second game of the season (13th October). The same result, but a much better game from me. Until I got to move 27. I may be improving in my openings and middle game, but my endgame still requires a lot of attention.

Hope to do better next time but really quite pleased with how I did here. This is of course the cue for John and Nalin and Jon to pile in and tell me all about glaring errors and missed opportunities. But whatever they say it was an enjoyable game and a nice bloke.


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  2. Chris I think that match was well played. Maybe Paul hoped to worry you by exchanging pieces early? I struggle with the end game too! Don't be shy with your comments boys because we need your help :-D

  3. Hi Chris, well Sue said to make suitable comments so here goes.
    You asked about him coming down with his B to e4 and then taking your knoght on f3 - why did he do this? With respect to him it is simply a bad idea. you will rarely find examples of this in serious chess because
    a) the bishop tends to be slightly more valuable than the knight
    b) he has wasted one and possibly 2 moves to remove his own piece. It just doesn't compute.

    The other comment is about you taking the pawn on d5 with your bishop. You are giving up a pretty good piece for 2 pawns and mustn't do this! (the only time you can do it is when you are struggling in some way or there are some other benefits to your position - ie its a sacrifice.) Even if you are compelled to give up the pawn on e5 you must hang on to your bishop. (Theres always a chance that you might recover a lost pawn anyway). When experienced chess players look a position for the first time they instinctively compare the number of pieces on each side and only then start counting pawns and looking at other things.
    Having said that you played very well to see that you could win your piece back and level the material. The game only became lost again after that.

  4. Thanks for the great comment and I will take on board what you say about protecting peices and not giving them away. I seem to have an urge to do it from time to time. Or as James said when playing me in a friendly 'What have you got against that Bishop, Chris?' Patience and practice. That is the way.


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