Re: the return to chess... . JohnZ's chess training journal
Alright so I tried this once before without much success but I figured it out this time.
SO... . I will post some general thoughts and then some analysis I did in ChessBase. I am black.
This was a 60 minute game and most of the time was used in the opening. We were down to 20 minutes at move 20 or so. And then at move 60 we were in serious time trouble, which will explain a a lot of the moves played in the endgame
I Definitly should have lost this game (many times). I was very lucky too win. In the opening I misplay a pretty important move, developing the bishop to e6 instead of G4, which is the main move and also most natural. The a4 variation is quite tricky, but not many Grandmasters play it. He returns the favor though after Be6 with Bc4, which I was always told is not usually good in these types of positions I think. In the endgame he misses several ways to win.
Now some of the commentary from Chessbase. I have not gone over most of this with a computer so If i miss anything (Im sure theres a bunch) please post your improvements!
7. This is one of the oldest lines played against the Sveshnikov. It was recommended after Lasker started to play this way with Black I think.
8... Not the correct move the line should go Bg4 9. Be2 Bxe2 10. Qxe2 d5! 11. Bg5 d4 12. Nd5 and black equalizes with Nb4!
11. Bg5 is not very good. It makes sense to try to trade off the Knight on f6 for better control over the d5 square, but the Bishop can become very active on the g1-a7 diagonal, with a sort of idea like a5, na4, Knight (or Bishop) to b6, etcetera.
11..Bxc4 I definitely regret this move. I was trying to get some action by moving my B pawn after Nxc4, but the knights are too well coordinated in the center.
19... Qh4 is very bad. We both totally missed Nf5! threatening to fork the rook and king. My idea with this move of the queen was to try to get a rook over to the d file to defend the very weak and d6 pawn (with tempo) (or to c6), but then for some reason I changed my mind and played Qf6 the next move. 21. b4 is pretty much winning. The knight has no good flight squares and then white can load up on d6 easily after
21. Qd1 its nearly equal again in my opinion, but Qg5 is most likely much better then what I played (Qe6). Play might continue something like 22. Nf5 Rfd8 and white is having trouble making attacking moves against my weak pawn. If something like 23. Qe2 then I will have 23... d5. He might have 23. f4! which is a common idea in the Sveshnikov.
33... Ra8 was best here. Im not exactly sure why I didn't play it. I may have been worried about the rooks playing to double on the d file, but then the D pawn is still quite secure.
34... Rc5 is pretty much a waste of a tempo, of course if I take the rook the rook on b6 is trapped and white will be winning easily.
39. c5 is very bad for him. Attacking the d pawn was much easier than trading it.
58. Re5 wins! e7 loses, although he resigned prematurely.
certainly did not play my best in this game, my opponent missed many winning or almost winning moves. Another thing was time trouble! I played the opening quite quickly bu in the early middlegame I definitely thought about things for way too long for a sixty minute game. At the end we were both so low on time we missed many moves, for me to equalize and for him to push his advantage to the brink of winnin.