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Exchange down, But good counter play at the end 
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Post Exchange down, But good counter play at the end
Hi,

After a long time gap I am posting a game here..!! I was playing White against a high rated player.
I hope some of the people remember me and I would encourage you to comment on the game.



Feel free to share your comments.

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Kartha


Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:12 pm
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Post Re: Exchange down, But good counter play at the end
Hi Kartha,

first to the obvious things:
15 ... Rd8 is bad. Much stronger would be to attack the queen with Nc6. This threatens several forks or discoveries. White has to play either Qf4 and allow an exchange of queens or Qd2 and in the latter case black gains another tempo by Rfd8.
17 ... Bxe2 is also bad. The Ne2 is a tactical weakness and this could be exploited by Nd7 threatening Ne5 and the queen can no longer protect the Ne2.
21 ... h6 seems like back starts to panic. He can play Nd3+ followed by Nxb2 or maybe even Rd3 and Rxc3+, both would stop white's attack immediately. h6 is also a mistake because it removes black's possibility to play g6.
23 ... Qe7 is horrible. Black has to take Nxb2 when Qxc3 would cover g7.
26 ... Rxc3 hm, with Rc5 black can keep a winning position, where ever the white queen goes, black can either take on h5 with Rh1 to follow or release some pressure.

So, I think black has a winning position after you had to sac the exchange.

But white's play can of course be improved:

At move 6 you have to decide what pawn structure you want to play. An unforced Bxf6 is at least unusual.
After taking on f6 you should change the pawn structure to keep the Bf6 out of play, so maybe cxd5 followed by Bd3 and Qf3 is more solid.
In the game you had no good squares for your knights.
A way to get the knights working could be 11 0-0 and after Qc7 12 Ne4 Be7 13 Nf4 even though the pin on the long diagonal could be messy after c5. But white has ideas such as Nh5 followed by queen to the g-file to provoke weaknesses on the kingside and also e6 could be tactically weak.

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Sat Jun 02, 2012 3:00 am
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Post Re: Exchange down, But good counter play at the end
Hey Zeitnotakrobat..!!

Thanks for sharing your comments on the Game.. I really liked it as you have pointed both Black as well as Whites Weaknesses and Mistakes and at the same time suggested alternatives for improving the position.

Appreciate it..!!

Yeah I agree with your comments on the White, I lost few tempos which was a mistake,
Also I was lucky that Black has traded its light square bishop with my weak Knight.

However I kept hope and played even when I am exchange down and I felt really good that I was won after keeping the head cool(even though some cool moves didn't turned up).

Thanks for sharing your comments, Keep Sharing your thoughts..

I guess this below is very strong for Black which you have suggested at move 23 for Black.
zeitnotakrobat wrote:
Black has to take Nxb2 when Qxc3 would cover g7..!!


Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:15 am
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Post Re: Exchange down, But good counter play at the end
Nothing much to add to great comments by Z-man :D Normally an early Bxf6 is a signal that white intends the e3-e4 centre break.


Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:17 am
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Post Re: Exchange down, But good counter play at the end
oh Pobble you're too generous! If you continue like that I might go to superheros.com and order a new Z-man suit :D .

But there is one thing to add to the game:
Taking on f6 too early adds additional strength to a c5 thrust due to the bishop on f6

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Sun Jun 03, 2012 11:36 am
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Post Re: Exchange down, But good counter play at the end
Hmm.. Yeah I agree... Good to see Pobble's Comments..!! again...!!


Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:57 am
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