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Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE) 
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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

This was my first tournament game ever, and I feel good about it. My opponent was rated 1680, and I had never played him before. I suspect I am about the same level, somewhere around 1700. My thoughts on the game briefly: I felt playing 8. Bg5 and letting him take on c4 was fine. Letting him play 10... Bb4 was probably a mistake, and I should have played a3 before Qd2. The exchange sacrifice was probably not sound, but I played it because in that position I have a pretty clear plan to follow, and I felt that I had enough compensation because of his really bad bishop. I was unsure of how to make the subsequent king side pawn push the most effective, and would love your thoughts there. Thanks a lot!

1. e4 e5 2. f4 Bc5 3. Nf3 d6 4. Bc4 Nf6 5. d3 Nc6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. f5 Na5 8. Bg5 Nxc4 9. dxc4 c6 10. Qd2 Bb4 11. Bxf6 Qxf6 12. O-O-O a6 13. a3 Ba5 14. Qxd6 Qxd6 15. Rxd6 Bc7 16. c5 Bxd6 17. cxd6 f6 18. Na4 b5 19. Nc5 Ra7 20. Rd1 Rd8 21. g4 Kf7 22. h4 a5 23. g5 b4 24. a4 g6 25. gxf6 Kxf6 26. fxg6 hxg6 27. Ng5 Ba6 28. Rd2 Rdd7 29. Nce6

Mon Mar 07, 2011 9:48 pm

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)

Hey Dennis! I'm really curious to hear your thoughts on this game. I'm white against a player 200 points higher rated in a 5 minutes blitz game.

I played the Albin-Chatard Attack in the French, and after a couple of inaccurate moves on my opponent's part I found the opportunity to sacrafice two pieces for a winning attack (or at least I'm pretty sure it's winning).

The reason I'm submitting it is because I'm quite sure that it shouldn't have been so easy.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e5 Nfd7 6. h4 Bxg5 7. hxg5 Qxg5 8.
Nf3 Qd8 9. Bd3 h6 10. Rh4 c5 11. Rg4 cxd4 12. Nxd4 g6 13. Nxe6 fxe6 14. Bxg6+
Ke7 15. Nxd5+ exd5 16. Qxd5 Nxe5 17. Qxe5+ Be6 18. Bf5 Re8 19. Qxe6+ Kf8 20.
Rg8# 1-0

The two points where I think he played bad moves were moves 11 and this point, would you say there was a chance he could have got an advantage?

At move 11 I was expecting c4, after which I thought my position is cramped but I have an open h file to work with, and a strong center which will be hard for him to break up without creating uncomfortable light square weaknesses on the kingside.
At move 12 I was expecting Nxe5, after which I thought the position would be extremly sharp and unclear after 13 Bb5+

Is my analysis correct that I could maintain at least equality if he had gone down these lines? Or have I made a mistake, either here or earlier, which he failed to capitalise on? (Other than accepting the gambit, anyway...I don't usually play this line since 6...h6 normally makes things pretty difficult for me). I guess the rook move seems a bit strange, but I figured it bring it into the action, helps protect d4 and, as it did in the game, could provoke some weaknesses on the kingside. But although it worked as intended in this game, I'm wouldn't be suprised if there's a way to refute it. I also know that 8. Nh3 is the mainline, and I wonder if there's a specific reason, or whether my plan of using it to take on d4 and helping to attack the light squares on the kingside works as well.


Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:18 am

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

This is my game from a recent Simul against GM Nigel Short.

Apparently according to Deep Rybka 4 I am winning after Nigel played 28. Qh4, but I messed it up and ended up losing.

Your thought's on the game and any advice would be very much appreciated.

[Event "Nigel Short Simultaneous"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.02.13"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Short, Nigel D"]
[Black "Hollands, George"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B23"]
[WhiteElo "262"]
[BlackElo "133"]
[Annotator "Hollands"]
[PlyCount "67"]
[EventDate "2010.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2011.02.14"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 d6 3. f4 g6 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bb5+ Bd7 6. Bc4 Nc6 7. O-O Nf6 8. d3 O-O 9. h3 a6 10. a4 b6 11. Qe1 Nd4 12. Nxd4 cxd4 13. Ne2 e5 14. Bd2 Qc7 15. Bb3 b5 16. axb5 Bxb5 17. fxe5 dxe5 18. Qh4 Nd7 19. Bb4 Nc5 20. Bxc5 Qxc5 21. Rf3 Bd7 22. Bc4 Bb5 23. b3 Bxc4 24. bxc4 a5 25. Qf2 Bh6 26. Kh1 a4 27. c3 Be3 28. Qh4 dxc3 29. Nxc3 Bd4 30. Nd5 Ra6 31. Rxa4 Rd6 32. Nf6+ Rxf6 33. Qxf6 Be3 34. Ra1 1-0



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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

As a life-long 1.e4 player, I am now trying to expand my repertoire. Below is my first attempt at something different. Overall, I think it went ok though I was surprised by 10...Bh3. I wasn't thrilled at my 12. Nf3 either but didn't have a "natural feel" for the position. Despite this, I felt I had a slight edge until my 39th move and then scrambled to hold the draw after my opponent missed a few chances. Can you give suggestions for improvement, especially with regards to the opening?


[Event "75'/35+15'"]
[Date "2011.03.10"]
[White "Ramesh, Raghav"]
[Black "Heath, Alan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A22"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. g3 Bc5 4. Bg2 d6 5. Nf3 a6 6. d4 exd4 7. Nxd4 O-O 8. O-O Nbd7 9. e4 Ne5 10. b3 Bh3 11. Bb2 Qd7 12. Nf3 Nxf3+ 13. Qxf3 Bxg2 14. Kxg2 Qg4 15. Qxg4 Nxg4 16. Nd5 Rae8 17. Rae1 c6 18. Nf4 Ne5 19. Re2 f6 20. Rd1 Ng4 21. Bd4 Kf7 22. f3 Ne5 23. Bxc5 dxc5 24. Red2 g6 25. Ne2 Re7 26. Nc3 b5 27. f4 Ng4 28. Kf3 h5 29. h3 Nh6 30. cxb5 cxb5 31. Rd5 Rc8 32. g4 hxg4+ 33. hxg4 c4 34. b4 Rce8 35. R1d4 f5 36. gxf5 gxf5 37. e5 Ng4 38. a4 Rh8 39. Ke2 Rh2+ 40. Ke1 Ne3 41. axb5 Nxd5 42. Rxd5 Rc2 43. Nd1 axb5 44. Ne3 Rb2 45. Rxb5 Ra7 46. Ra5 Rxa5 47. bxa5 Ke6 48. Nxc4 Ra2 49. Ne3 Rxa5 50. Kf2 Ra8 51. Kg3 Rh8 52. Kg2 Rh5 53. Kg3 Kd7 54. Nd5 Ke6 55. Ne3 Rh1 56. Kg2 Re1 57. Kf2 Ra1 58. Kg2 Ra4 59. Kg3 Ra3 60. Kf2 1/2-1/2

Tue Mar 29, 2011 1:07 pm

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
I haven't posted a game for a while to give more viewers a chance to get their games in the videos. However, I have a good reason to show this game. The last game you presented of mine came in very handy. I played the same opponent in the same line, and I reviewed your analysis well and was very confident and prepared for the game. My opponent deviated from your analysis on move 16, and it wasn't a good one either. Most of the work was done by you, but I finished the job quite nicely. Your videos always pay off in terms of learning new ideas, but your videos finally paid off in a very concrete way, so thanks Dennis! :D

[White: 1786]
[Black: cheVelle 1888]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. c3 O-O 7. Re1 b5 8. Bb3 d5 9. d4 exd4 10. e5 Ne4 11. Nxd4 Nxe5 12. f3 c5 13. Bf4 Bf6 14. Bxe5 Bxe5 15. Nc6 Bxh2+ 16. Kf1 Ng3+ 17. Kf2 Qh4 18. Ne7+ Kh8 19. Qd2 Ne4+
20.Ke3 Nxd2 21. Kxd2 Bb7 22. Re2 Rfe8 23. g3 Bxg3 24. Nf5 Qf4+ 25. Ne3 d4 26. cxd4 cxd4 0-1

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e5 c5 5. Bd2 Ne7 6. a3 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 Nbc6 8. Nf3 cxd4 9. Nxd4 O-O 10. f4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Nf5 12. Qf2 Qb6 13. Qxb6 axb6 14. O-O-O Bd7 15. Bd3 Ne3 16. Rd2 Rfc8 17. Bd4 Nc4 18. Bxc4 Rxc4 19. Rf1 b5 20. b3 Rc6 21. Kb2 draw agreed

Hi Dennis, I played black in this game, and I had a few notes/questions:

1. I thought my opponent was going to play 5.Bd2. Perhaps it was wiser to play Ne7 on move 4, then. I don't know much about the Ne7+b6 setup, though...

2. I was more familiar with the move 6.Nb5. Perhaps 7...b6 or 9...Nxe5 were more interesting (if not simply better) approaches against white's choices on moves 7-9.

3. Perhaps 11...Nf5 was a mistake. After 12.Qf2, I didn't see anything better than offering this questionable trade of queens. I wanted some active play along the open lines on the queenside and to stop white from running me over with g4+f5 on the kingside.

4. I'm pretty sure 14.0-0-0 and 19.Rf1 weren't white's best moves.
Instead, 14.Bd3 (or maybe even 14.Bb5!? with the idea of Ne3 15.Kf2) and 19.b3 should have been played. Am I right?

Big THANK YOU in advance!

Tue Apr 05, 2011 1:50 am

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
...did some further research and found games by world class players playing this variation as black, where they made compromising moves in terms of their pawn structures in order to open lines and get some active counterplay:

[Event "Moskva (16.06.67)"]
[Site "17"]
[Date "1967.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Paul Keres"]
[Black "Boris Spassky"]
[ECO "C16"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "80"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.Bd2 c5 6.a3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3
cxd4 8.Qxd4 Nbc6 9.Qg4 O-O 10.Nf3 Nf5 11.Bd3 d4 12.Bd2 Qd5
13.Qe4 Qxe4+ 14.Bxe4 Bd7 15.O-O-O f6 16.exf6 gxf6 17.Bxf5 exf5
18.Bh6 Rfd8 19.Nxd4 Nxd4 20.Rxd4 Bc6 21.Rxd8+ Rxd8 22.f3 Kf7
23.Re1 a5 24.b3 a4 25.Kb2 Rd5 26.Bf4 Rd4 27.Be3 Rd8 28.Bc1 h5
29.Kc3 Rg8 30.Re2 Bb5 31.Rf2 axb3 32.cxb3 Rd8 33.a4 Ba6 34.Bf4
Ke6 35.Rd2 Rxd2 36.Bxd2 Bf1 37.g3 Be2 38.f4 Kd5 39.Be3 Bd1
40.a5 Be2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Hoogovens Tournament Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Site "Hoogovens Tournament Wijk aan Zee NED"]
[Date "1995.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "513"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[White "Peter Leko"]
[Black "Evgeny Bareev"]
[ECO "C16"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "129"]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e5 Ne7 5.Bd2 c5 6.a3 Bxc3 7.Bxc3
b6 8.Bb5+ Bd7 9.Bd3 Nbc6 10.Nf3 Ng6 11.Bxg6 fxg6 12.O-O O-O
13.dxc5 bxc5 14.b4 Qb6 15.Bd2 Nd4 16.bxc5 Nxf3+ 17.Qxf3 Qxc5
18.Qb3 a5 19.Rab1 Rfc8 20.c3 Qf8 21.Qa2 Rc4 22.Rfe1 Rb8
23.Rxb8 Qxb8 24.Qb1 Qc7 25.h3 Be8 26.Qb3 Rc5 27.Qb1 h6 28.Qa1
g5 29.Be3 Rb5 30.Bd4 Bg6 31.Qa2 a4 32.Qe2 Qc6 33.h4 gxh4
34.Qg4 Qe8 35.Re3 Kh7 36.Qxh4 Qf8 37.Rg3 Rb7 38.Kh2 Qxa3 39.c4
Qe7 40.Qxe7 Rxe7 41.cxd5 exd5 42.Rc3 Rb7 43.Rc5 Bf7 44.Ra5 Rb4
45.Ba1 Kg6 46.f3 d4 47.g4 Be6 48.Ra6 Kf7 49.Ra7+ Ke8 50.Ra6
Bd5 51.Kg3 d3 52.Rd6 Rb5 53.Kf2 a3 54.Ke3 a2 55.Ra6 Rb1 56.Bc3
Rd1 57.f4 d2 58.f5 Rg1 59.Kxd2 Rxg4 60.e6 Rg5 61.f6 gxf6
62.Bxf6 Rg6 63.Be5 h5 64.Ra4 Rg4 65.Rxg4 1/2-1/2

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hello Dennis,

Last thursday I played my first game in quite a long while and I won convincingly. However, after the game my opponent and I disagreed on a few issues. The main disagreement was about the moment when things started to turn in favour of white. In my opinion the white position was preferable after 14. e5 was played and in his opinion the black position remained better untill he mistakenly played 16. ... b4. He thinks that after 16... Kxh7 17. Qxh5+ Kg7 he would have had compensation for the pawn, which seems to me a rather foolish opinion. Could you enlighten us?
Furthermore it is quite obvious that I misplayed the opening (playing both h3 and f4 must be too weakening), but despite this I won rather quickly. What should black have done to punish my opening mistake?

[Event "Club game"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.04.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "1700"]
[Black "1750"]
[Result "1-0"]
[PlyCount "55"]

1. d4 d6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. e4 Be7 6. Bd3 O-O 7. h3 Re8 8. f4 exd5
9. cxd5 c4 10. Bc2 b5 11. Nf3 Nbd7 12. O-O Nc5 13. e5 Nh5 14. Ng5 g6 15. Qf3
Bb7 16. Nxh7 b4 17. f5 Nd3 18. fxg6 fxg6 19. Bxd3 cxd3 20. Qf7+ Kh8 21. Qxg6
Ng7 22. Bh6 Rg8 23. Ng5 Bxg5 24. Bxg5 Qb6+ 25. Kh2 dxe5 26. Rf6 Rgf8 27. Rxb6
axb6 28. Ne4 1-0

I would be very thankfull if you could aswer these questions.

With much respect,

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hey Dennis :)

This I played quite a while back, my first tournament. It was 90min with 30 second increments. I was black. My opponent had poor eyesight so we played on a chessboard intended for blind people. That explains why he played the game so safe as I guess he has problems calculating once it gets messy. Eventually we reached a carlsbad pawn structure and I carried out my minority attack. I think my play could be improved as I was too hasty with a5 and b4 making the position too simplified. I think I should have built up the pressure somehow first. I would love to hear your thoughts on this game, especially on the minority attack position.

I really like my 33. ...Bg5 which forced f4. My idea was that I win the e4 square and I can follow up with g5 either leaving him with less center pawns if he takes and if he allows me to take then he either ends up with 3 pawn islands versus my 2 or if he takes with the knight I again have more central pawns.

On move 39 I made a mistake and it went downhill from there.


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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
David Jin-David Peng How Did I lose Dennis??I was 2 pawns up and he flooded in my position.
Elo2008 Elo1819

e4 c5 Nc3 Nc6 d3 g6 g3 Bg7 Bg2 d6 Be3 Nf6 h3 O-O Nge2 Bd7 Qd2 Rb8 O-o b5 f4 b4 Nd1 a5 g4 Ne8 Ng3 Nc7 f5 Nb5 Bh6 Bd4+ Kh1 Re8 g5 a4 c3 Be5 Qf2 bxc3 fxg6 fxg6 Nxc3 Nxc3 bxc3 Bxc3 Rac1 Be5 Qf7+ Kh8 h4 Rg8 Ne2 Qe8 Qf3 Be6 Nc3 Bxc3 Rxc3 Bxa2 Bh3 Nd4 Qe3 Bb3 e5 Qd8 e6 a3 Rxc5 Rb4 Rc4 Rxc4 dxc4 Qb6 Qf2 Qc5 Qf8 Nf5 Rxf5 gxf5 Bg7# 1-0

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Hi Dennis,

This is a recent loss of mine. I started to do a video of this game, and I realized that I did not understand enough of what happened to me to make a useful presentation.

In retrospect it is easy to see that 17.g4 was the "losing" move. I never got the time to follow up with Qg3 and h4, and the hole on g3 eventually allowed his queen to invade, but did I go wrong earlier?

Should I have pursued another plan like expanding in the center with d4, because he was showing no sign of wanting to play ...d5 (i.e. no ...e6)?

[Event "MN closed 2011"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.03.19"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Newshutz, Robert"]
[Black "Marquina-Lozano, Efrain"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "1828"]
[BlackElo "1878"]

1. Nf3 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 Nf6 4. O-O O-O 5. d3 d6 6. Nbd2 c5 7. e4 Nc6 8. c3
Rb8 9. Nh4 Bg4 10. f3 Be6 11. f4 Bg4 12. Qe1 Qd7 13. f5 g5 14. Nhf3 h6 15. h3
Bxf3 16. Nxf3 b5 17. g4 b4 18. Bd2 bxc3 19. Bxc3 Nb4 20. Qd2 Qb5 21. Rfd1 Nd7
22. Bxg7 Kxg7 23. Nxg5 Nxd3 24. b3 c4 25. Nf3 Qc5+ 26. Kh2 N7e5 27. g5 Nxf3+
28. Bxf3 Qe5+ 29. Kh1 Qg3 30. Rf1 Qxh3+ 31. Kg1 Qg3+ 32. Bg2 Qxg5 33. Qc3+ Ne5
34. Rf3 Kh7 35. Rg3 Qf6 36. Rb1 cxb3 37. Rxb3 Rxb3 38. Qxb3 Rc8 39. Qe3 Rb8 40.
Qxa7 Rb1+ 41. Kf2 Qh4 42. Qa3 Qf4+ 43. Ke2 Nc4 44. Qc3 Rb2+ 0-1

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
[Event "US Open"]
[Site "Irvine"]
[Date "2010.08.01"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Cridlnd, Graham"]
[Black "Weeramantry, Sunil"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B06"]
[WhiteElo "1830"]
[BlackElo "2201"]
[PlyCount "50"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. f4 c6 5. Be3 Qb6 6. Rb1 e5 7. Nf3 Bg4 8. Ne2
Bxf3 9. gxf3 Qa5+ 10. Nc3 Bh6 11. Qd2 exf4 12. Bxf4 Qh5 13. Bxh6 Nxh6 14. Qf4
O-O 15. Be2 d5 16. Rg1 f6 17. Kd2 b5 18. exd5 Nf5 19. dxc6 Nxc6 20. Nxb5 Ncxd4
21. Rbe1 Rab8 22. Nxd4 Nxd4 23. Kc1 Qc5 24. Bd3 Rfc8 25. Bxg6 Ne2+ 0-1

A short game that ended in what was already time pressure 15 moves before the time control.
Mr. Weeramantry is the adoptive father of U.S. #1 and World top 20 Hikaru Nakamura, who was at
the tournament but not playing. I saw what I thought was Nakamura looking over my opponent's shoulder at about move 14-15.

But coming off the draw in the first round, I was prepared to mix it up. I quickly drifted into dangerous territory.
We both spent a lot of time calculating in the opening (Weeramantry showed me this in the post-mortem: 10 Qd2 Qxa2
11 Rd1 exf4 12 Bxf4 Qe6 13 Qb4!; I had been looking at 8 fxe5 dxe5 9 Qd2 Bxf3 10 dxe5 Qc7 11 gxf3, which is pretty
but not forced (9...exd4).

I was proud of 14 Qf4 both at the time I executed the move and in the post mortem (I got a "very precise" from Sunil
and around this time in the post mortem, Nakamura walked by and expressed distaste for Black's position.) Unfortunately, I
shortly ruined everything: 18 exd5?? and 19 dxc6?? (one ? for being awful and another each for being cowardly:
I knew I was better but wanted to "cash in", instead of sitting on a very good position). Instead,
simply moving the rook to the center and completing artificial castling should be good (and I saw it, looked at it,
and went for the horrible 18 exd5 anyway) since ...b4 is just answered by Na4-c5.

Unimaginably, White isn't even lost after 24 Rfc8 (which the computer claims is an error - ...Rxb2),
I found 25 Rg4 Qb4 26 Kd1 Nxc2 27 Re2 Qxf4 28 Rxf4 Nb4 29 Bc4+ which is maybe = in the post mortem
(we looked at this for a moment because we both thought that playing Rg1-g4 to defend the Queenside
was neat, but Fritz isn't satisfied: 25 Qxf6! and White is even better.

I didn't feel too awful about the loss. I blundered repeatedly, and thus deserved the goose egg richly, and
my opponent was gracious and apparently as interested in the game as I. I thought there was some pretty stuff here
(the 12 Qa5-h5 maneuver, 14 Qf4, the trick with trying to force the queen offside with 16 Rg1) Remaining ?'s:

1. Is there any advice you have, or strategy you use, for dealing with offbeat ( I recognize this isn't
that offbeat, but I had not looked at openings at all for the tournament, especially with White) opening lines, and
is it worth thinking about it differently against a higher rated vs. lower rated opponent?
2. Just how cowardly is 6.Rb1? I couldn't figure out how to make anything of the pawn (6. Qd2 Qxb2 7. Rb1 Qa3) this early.
3. Does 20. d5 save my greediness from the ash heap? And what's the plan if I don't accept the pawn(s)?

Long I know, feel free to ignore as much or as little as you like, I just enjoy thinking about (and
writing about) the game.

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)

Dennis, I wonder if you can offer some advice for how to play the above position as White. It seems like the pawn structure should favor White, since his pieces are more active than Black's, and the d5 pawn is preventing Black from mobilizing his majority. But I found myself completely paralyzed trying to come up with a plan for White. It seems like the usual minority attack ideas are not quite applicable here.


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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
[Event "Lunch at the office"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.06.23"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Mark"]
[Black "Leo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D00"]
[PlyCount "55"]
[SourceDate "2011.06.23"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nc6 3. Bg5 f6 4. Bf4 g5 5. Bg3 g4 6. Nh4 f5 7. h3 h5 8. e3 e6
9. Bd3 Qf6 10. c4 Bd6 11. cxd5 Bxg3 12. fxg3 exd5 13. Nc3 Nge7 14. Qb3 Qe6 15.
O-O-O Qxe3+ 16. Kb1 Qxd4 17. Rhe1 O-O 18. Nxd5 Nxd5 19. Bc4 Qf6 20. Bxd5+ Kg7
21. Be6 Nd4 22. Rxd4 Qxd4 23. Bxc8 Raxc8 24. Re7+ Kh6 25. Qe6+ Qf6 26. Nxf5+
Kg5 27. h4+ Kg6 28. Rg7# 1-0

I am white in this game. If you analize the game, I'd appreciate it if you identified things that look 'ugly', and not so much on deep tactical lines as this was a 10 minute game. I really like the video's where you focus on patterns and ideas and whys.

My only comments on the game were on move 3. Bg5 I figured that 3. c4 would be stronger. But my opponent is someone I play frequently and I usually win at least partially because my relatively larger opening knowledge. So I was going for something different where we could just play chess.

Also, right after move 9. Bd3 I decided Ng6 would have been better. (Looking at it again, 8. Ng6 probably would have been best). Other than those, I don't see any improvements for white so would appreciate any insights you have.

I really like my moves 21 & 22 and then the mate in five and hope you and the viewers do too. Thanks,


Wed Jun 29, 2011 7:32 pm

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 A von Hennig - Schara Gambit for you to analyze

Here is a link to my game and analysis. My hope is that you will be able to use it as a tool to help amateurs learn how to exploit a dynamic advantage in the face of an opponent's static advantage. Especially this amateur, yours truly... :)

And here is the pgn:

[Event "Make a Difference 2"]
[Site "Charleston, SC"]
[Date "2011.07.23"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Dennis Dawley"]
[Black "Chris Falter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D32"]
[WhiteElo "1984"]
[BlackElo "1680"]

1.d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 c5 4. cxd5 cxd4 5. Qa4+ Bd7 6. Qxd4 exd5 7. Qxd5 Nc6 8.Nf3 Nf6 9. Qb3 Be6 10. Qa4 Bc5 11. e3 O-O 12. Be2 a6 13. O-O b5 14. Qd1 Qe7 15. a3 Rad8 16. Qc2 Na5 17. b4 Nb3 18. Rb1 Nxc1 19. Rbxc1 Ba7 20. Ng5 Bc8 21. Bf3 h6 22. Nge4 Bf5 23. Nxf6+ Qxf6 24. e4 Bh3 25. Nd5 Qg5 26. Qe2 Rfe8 27. Rcd1 f5 28. Nc7 Rxd1 29. Rxd1 Re7 30. Nd5 Rf7 31. e5 Bg4 32. e6 Rf8 33. h3 Bxf3 34. Qxf3 Re8 35. Nc7 Re7 36. Qa8+ Kh7 37. Qxa7 1-0


Chris Falter

Good chess and God bless,

Chris Falter

Tue Jul 26, 2011 7:37 am
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