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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)

I'd greatly apprciate if you could analyse the following game for me (note that it was played with a 75min + 30sec/move time control):

[Event "Chess Club Winter Ladder"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.07.19"]
[Round "?"]
[White "oz_smurf"]
[Black "Anonymous"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A45"]
[WhiteElo "1784"]
[BlackElo "1537"]
[PlyCount "120"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Bg5 e6 3. e4 Be7 4. Bd3 d6 5. Nf3 Nc6 6. O-O O-O 7. c3 Bd7 8. Nbd2
Ne8 9. Bf4 Nf6 10. h3 Nh5 11. Bh2 Bg5 12. Nxg5 Qxg5 13. f4 Qg6 14. Qf3 f5 15.
e5 Ne7 16. Be2 Bc6 17. Qf2 Nd5 18. Bxh5 Qxh5 19. Nf3 h6 20. Rfe1 Rae8 21. Qh4
Qxh4 22. Nxh4 Kh7 23. Nf3 Rg8 24. h4 Nb6 25. Kf2 Kg6 26. Ke2 Kh5 27. Rg1 Kg6
28. g4 Kf7 29. gxf5 exf5 30. Rae1 Bb5+ 31. Kf2 g6 32. b3 Bc6 33. c4 Bxf3 34.
Kxf3 d5 35. Rc1 c6 36. Rg2 Rd8 37. Bg1 Rg7 38. Be3 Ke6 39. c5 Na8 40. h5 Rdg8
41. Rcg1 Kf7 42. hxg6+ Rxg6 43. Rxg6 Rxg6 44. Rh1 Kg7 45. Bf2 Nc7 46. Bh4 Nb5
47. Bf2 Nc3 48. a4 Ne4 49. Rh5 Nd2+ 50. Ke3 Nxb3 51. Rxf5 Na5 52. Rh5 Nb3 53.
f5 Rg5 54. Rxg5+ hxg5 55. Kf3 Nd2+ 56. Kg4 Ne4 57. Be3 Kh6 58. a5 a6 59. Bg1
Nc3 60. e6 Ne4 0-1

I have a few questions if you would be good enough to answer them:
A. What do you think of 5.f4 with the idea of later kingside play after development is completed?
B. What plan would you suggest for White if Black had played the expected 7...e5?
C. During the game I felt that I had the upper hand after 13.f4 but misplayed the next few moves and missed 16...Bc6! How could I have improved my play in this part of the game?
D. My feeling is that 21...Qxh4 was a strategic mistake for Black - what do you think?
E. Despite being in serious time trouble from move 30 and missing 45.Rh5!, I managed to achieve a winning position before losing on time. What are your thoughts on the ending?

Thank you very much in advance for your time and effort, if you decide to analyse this game.

Best Regards,

Oz_Smurf (as my nickname suggests, I'm Australian)

Sun Jul 31, 2011 11:37 pm

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

1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 Nc6
3. f4 g6 4. Bb5 Nd4
5. Nf3 Bg7 6. Nxd4 cxd4
7. Ne2 a6 8. Ba4 b5
9. Bb3 Bb7 10. d3 e6
11. O-O Ne7 12. Qe1 O-O
13. Qg3 d5 14. e5 Qb6
15. Qf2 Nc6 16. Ng3 f6
17. exf6 Bxf6 18. f5 Bh4
19. Bh6 Rxf5 20. Qe2 Rxf1+
21. Rxf1 Ne7 22. Qe5

Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:15 am

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Dennis, You mentioned in your last viewer games video that you're not sure how we know one another. I regret that I've never had the opportunity to meet you in person; however, I have on many occasions over the past several years enjoyed swapping emails with you (or comments on your blog posts).

Warm regards, Chris

Good chess and God bless,

Chris Falter

Fri Aug 05, 2011 2:23 pm

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Time control 2 hours for 40 moves. I am a class b player. This was my opponent's first tournament.
[Date "????.??.??"]
[Result "0-1"]
[FEN "rnbqkbnr/pppppppp/8/8/8/8/PPPPPPPP/RNBQKBNR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[BlackElo "1731"]
[WhiteElo "1605"]
[Event "???"]
[Site "???"]

1.e4 { I was playing as black } 1...e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nxc6 bxc6 6.e5 Nd5 { Is Ne4 better? } 7.Bd3 g6 { What do you think about g6? } 8.O-O Bg7 9.f4 O-O 10.Bd2 d6 11.c4 Ne7 12.Bc3 Re8 13.Nd2 dxe5 14.Bc2 Nf5 15.Nf3 Ne3 16.Qxd8 Rxd8 17.Rf2 Nxc2 18.Rxc2 exf4 19.Bxg7 Kxg7 20.c5 Be6 21.b3 a5 22.Ne5 Bd5 23.h4 h5 24.Rf2 a4 25.bxa4 Rxa4 26.Nd3 Rda8 27.Nxf4 Rxa2 28.Rfxa2 Rxa2 29.Rb1 Rc2 30.Rb7 Rxc5 31.Rxc7 Rc4 32.Nxd5 cxd5 33.Rxc4 dxc4 34.Kf2 Kf6 35.Ke3 Kf5 36.Kd4 Kg4 { white resigned }

Tue Aug 09, 2011 6:38 am

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
I was white and especially proud to snag my highest-rated scalp in this game (182 BCF). I divide this game into 3 distinct phases:

1. As an English newbie, I was caught off-guard when black played 6...Nxc3. I definitely didn't want to play 7. dxc3 and I felt that 8. Ng1 would be too passive. I evaluated the game continuation and felt that I had enough compensation for the pawn. Either I should be able to win it back or he would over-extend to keep it.
2. Before he blundered with 19...Bd5, I still felt I had some compensation but that I would probably prefer to be black. I was either outplayed in this middle phase (where could I have improved?) or my previous assessment was wrong.
3. Even though Fritz suggests I missed stronger continuations in the final phase, I was happy that I chose "clear" variations which I had seen as winning for me.

[Event "Open Swiss"]
[Date "2011.08.18"]
[White "Ramesh, Raghav"]
[Black "Elwin, Adrian"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A29"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Nxc3 7. bxc3 e4 8. Nd4 Nxd4 9. cxd4 Qxd4 10. Rb1 Bc5 11. O-O O-O 12. Qc2 f5 13. Bb2 Qd6 14. Qc3 Rf7 15. Rfd1 Be6 16. d3 e3 17. f4 Bxa2 18. Bxb7 Re8 19. Ra1 Bd5 20. Bxd5 Qxd5 21. Ra5 Qf3 22. Rf1 Qxe2 23. Rxc5 Qg4 24. Re5 Rxe5 25. Qxe5 Qe2 26. Ba3 g5 27. Bb2 Kf8 28. fxg5 f4 29. Rxf4 Qd1+ 30. Kg2 e2 31. Ba3+ Kg8 32. Qe8+ 1-0

Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:42 am

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 Fascinating knight vs. bishop endgame battle

I've looked hard to find a win for black, but other than the analysis I blogged here I was unable to find anything. I think viewers will be fascinated by the endgame, however, as it features the following:

  • Zugzwang with 2 pieces and most of the pawns on the board.
  • A piece sac for two strong passers.
  • Amazing teamwork between a knight and pawn to prevent the opposing king's entry (see my analysis).
  • A clever possibility for draw by stalemate with the white king on h6 (see my analysis).
  • A "perpetual" by knight maneuver against the opponent's king and a-pawn.

I learned a lot by analyzing the game, and I hope to learn even more if you are able to include it in your next show. Thanks!

[Event "FICS rated standard game"]
[Site "FICS"]
[FICSGamesDBGameNo "283483375"]
[White "aroha"]
[Black "flatman"]
[WhiteElo "1813"]
[BlackElo "1866"]
[TimeControl "1800+12"]
[Date "2011.08.26"]
[Time "18:19:00"]
[WhiteClock "0:30:00.000"]
[BlackClock "0:30:00.000"]
[ECO "D40"]
[PlyCount "122"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 e6 3. c4 c5 4. e3 Nc6 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. Be2 dxc4 7. Bxc4 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Nxd4 9. Qxd4 Qxd4 10. exd4 Bb4 11. O-O Bd7 12. Bd2 O-O 13. a3 Bxc3 14. Bxc3 Rac8 15. Bd3 Nd5 16. Bd2 a6 17. Rac1 Bb5 18. Bxb5 axb5 19. Rc5 Rxc5 20. dxc5 Rc8 21. b4 b6 22. Rc1 Kf8 23. Kf1 bxc5 24. Rxc5 Rxc5 25. bxc5 Ke7 26. Ke2 Kd7 27. Kd3 Kc6 28. Kd4 Ne7 29. Bb4 Nf5+ 30. Ke4 Nh4 31. g3 Ng6 32. f4 Nf8 33. h4 Nd7 34. Kd4 h5 35. Ke3 Kd5 36. c6 Kxc6 37. Kd4 Kb6 38. Bd6 Ka5 39. Ke4 Ka4 40. f5 exf5+ 41. Kxf5 Kb3 42. Kg5 g6 43. Kh6 Kc4 44. Kg7 Kd5 45. Kxf7 Kxd6 46. Kxg6 Ke6 47. Kxh5 Kf7 48. Kh6 Nf6 49. h5 Ng8+ 50. Kg5 Ne7 51. h6 Ng6 52. g4 Nh8 53. Kf5 Ke7 54. g5 Kf7 55. Ke5 Kg6 56. Kd5 Kxg5 57. Kc5 Kxh6 58. Kxb5 Nf7 59. a4 Nd6+ 60. Kc6 Nc4 61. a5 Nxa5+ {Neither player has mating material} 1/2-1/2

Good chess and God bless,

Chris Falter

Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:38 pm

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
i was kind of happy with this game... though i have a feeling white missed some attacking chances here, I was Black:


Thu Sep 15, 2011 2:38 pm
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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)

[Event "Datorschackparti"]
[Date "2011.09.30"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Robert"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "1950"]
[ECO "B33"]
[Opening "Sicilian"]
[Time "03:47:51"]
[Variation "Pelikan, Bird Variation"]
[WhiteElo "1950"]
[TimeControl "180+0"]
[Termination "normal"]
[PlyCount "79"]
[WhiteType "human"]
[BlackType "human"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6
8. Na3 Be6 9. Nc4 Rc8 10. Ne3 Be7 11. h4 Nd4 12. Bd3 h6 13. Bxf6 Bxf6 14.
g3 Qb6 15. Rb1 Qc6 16. O-O Bd8 17. Ncd5 O-O 18. c3 Nb5 19. Qh5 Nc7 20. Rbd1
Ne8 21. g4 Nf6 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6 23. Kh2 Qe8 24. g5 g6 25. Qf3 Bg7 26. Nf5
gxf5 27. exf5 d5 28. f6 e4 29. Qg2 h5 30. fxg7 Kxg7 31. Be2 Rh8 32. f4 Qd7
33. c4 Rc5 34. b4 Rc6 35. f5 Qd6+ 36. Kh1 Qxb4 37. fxe6 Rxe6 38. cxd5 Re5
39. Qf2 Qc3 40. Qxf7# 1-0

Hi, this is my first time posting a game. I have recently come back to chess after a 3 year long hiatus. Me and my opponent are both rated somewhere between 1900-2000 (Swedish rating, translates to about the same in FIDE, maybe slightly lower FIDE but not by much). Time control is 40moves/2hours+15min/game

I have a couple of questions about the game,

My opponent is very adept at opening theory which I am not. Maybe I should refrain from going in to the sicilian in a situation like that but I am a sharp player and feel that a slow and "safe" opening will be more detrimental in the long run even though I will end up alot worse every now and then from poor opening knowledge. Do you agree with my reasoning on this?

I had spent some time preparing for the Najdorf (by watching your videos on it) since I had seen my opponent playing it before, however the Sveshnikov was not an unpleasant surprise since it is one of the openings where I do know some theory. Or thats what i thought until i saw 8...Be6 which i have never seen before. After this I decided to play with the mindset "d5 will win the game" which i feel generally is a sound idea in the sveshnikov. Apparently I followed known theory my opponent told me after the game until 11. h4 which I felt was natural to prevent Bg5xe3 in alot of variations. I also felt that his h6 was a bad move since I will always take on f6 even unprovoked. I am interested in your thoughts on my handling of the opening surprise.

I felt pretty happy with my position most of the game and felt i played well, but still it seems that he can hold the balance up until the end where I think he made some bad moves. Do you think i was overconfident in my attack?

26.Nf5 I played more based on feeling than calculation, I saw that i will always either win back the piece or in worst case bury his extra piece on h8. After 27...d5 I spent up almost all my time trying to find the best way to proceed but couldn't find anything better than the game continuation (I had 4 minutes left to the time control after f6, my opponent spent alot of time aswell after it and had about 6 minutes left after e4). I was hoping for 29...Bh8 were I had calculated a line with 30. gxh6+ Kh7 31. Bxe4+ dxe4 32. Qxe4+ Kxh5 33. Qf4+ Kh7 34. Rd5. Was Nf5 good and was there anything better than the game continuation after 27...d5

Those were the specific questions I had and am ofcourse interested in general analysis of the game. Sorry if it's alot, feel free to not answer all of the questions if you do pick my game and find it too timeconsuming.

Thanks for a great show that has been atleast partially responsible for my returning to the board.


Edit: I haven't analysed it yet other than the postmortem because I wanted my questions and thoughts on the game to be untainted by computer analysis.

Thu Sep 29, 2011 7:52 pm

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

today I've played the first game of the season and won it - in the end with more luck than skill.
I chose to play a sharp line in the benoni, where I gave up my Bishop on g7 in order to expose White's King a bit and to weaken White's pawns.
Board 1 in our team criticized my 14...Bb7, which allows 15.f5. At first I thought that greedy was ok, but I'm not so sure anymore.
I also wasn't sure about a plan in the middlegame, I felt very uneasy when I was considering the "greedy lines" with Qxd5 or Bxd5.
I simply had the feeling that for example 18...Bxd5 was superior to 18...Qxd5 because his king is more exposed.
In the end I decided to grab a pawn and to exchange queens because I was afraid of him invading my dark squares, time trouble was coming, too.
Around move 30 and onwards till move 43 we were in time trouble and didn't write down our moves, so we tortured ourself more than it was necessary.
In the end I was lucky to have the won pawn endgame. I also missed some nice "problem" mate somewhere.
I hope you can give me some advice how to play the middle game, and what plan I should have adapted.


The game:

[Event "Regionalliga Bayern NW '11/12"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2011.10.02"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Kinkelin, Ulrich"]
[Black "Yalcin, Alparslan"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A68"]
[PlyCount "106"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Bd3 Bg7 8. f4
O-O 9. Nf3 b5 10. Bxb5 Nxe4 11. Nxe4 Qa5+ 12. Nc3 Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 Qxb5 14. Kf2
Bb7 15. f5 Qc4 16. Bh6 Re8 17. Re1 Nd7 18. Qd2 Bxd5 19. Rad1 Qxa2 20. Qxa2 Bxa2
21. Rxd6 Rxe1 22. Kxe1 Re8+ 23. Kf2 Nb6 24. Ne5 gxf5 25. Rd3 f4 26. Ng4 Kh8 27.
Nf6 Bc4 28. Rh3 Re2+ 29. Kf3 Re3+ 30. Kxf4 Rxh3 31. gxh3 a5 32. Bf8 Na4 33. Ne4
Be6 34. Nxc5 Nxc3 35. Nxe6 fxe6 36. Ke5 Kg8 37. Be7 Kf7 38. Ba3 Nd5 39. Bc1 a4
40. Kd4 Nb4 41. Bb2 a3 42. Bc1 a2 43. Bb2 a1=Q 44. Bxa1 Nc2+ 45. Kc3 Nxa1 46.
Kb2 Kf6 47. Kxa1 Ke5 48. Kb1 Ke4 49. Kc1 Kd3 50. Kd1 e5 51. h4 h5 52. Ke1 Ke3
53. Kf1 Kd2 0-1

Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:42 am

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

Im a regular follower of your show every week. Im only a hobby-player, and dont have a rating,
but i have played chess for about 12 years, so i atleast think i understand most of what your saying :)

Anyway, i saw your presentation about the the norwegian variation of the ruy lopez (although i allways
thought it was called the scandinavian variation), and since im a norwegian myself i decided to test it out in a couple
of blitz-games.

In the following game i had black, and i feel pretty good about most of it (especially 33. ...d5 although i dont think it
really mattered what i did at that point).

I would really like for you to give me some pointers of what i should do better.



[Event "Live Chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2011.09.19"]
[Round "?"]
[White "jeseje"]
[Black "Saallis"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1450"]
[BlackElo "1410"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2011.??.??"]
[TimeControl "3"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 b5 5. Bb3 Na5 6. Nxe5 Nxb3 7. axb3 Qe7 8.
d4 d6 9. Nc6 Qxe4+ 10. Qe2 Qxe2+ 11. Kxe2 Bb7 12. d5 Ne7 13. Nxe7 Bxe7 14. c4
O-O 15. Re1 Bf6 16. Nc3 Rfe8+ 17. Kf1 Rxe1+ 18. Kxe1 b4 19. Ne2 c6 20. Nf4 g5
21. Nd3 cxd5 22. Nxb4 dxc4 23. f3 cxb3 24. Rb1 a5 25. Nd3 h6 26. Be3 Rc8 27.
Rd1 Rc2 28. Rd2 Rxd2 29. Kxd2 Ba6 30. f4 Bxd3 31. Kxd3 Bxb2 32. fxg5 hxg5 33.
Bxg5 d5 34. Bd2 a4 35. Bc3 Bxc3 36. Kxc3 d4+ 37. Kxd4 b2 0-1

Wed Oct 05, 2011 5:40 am

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

This dynamic draw contains several very interesting points:

  • Black was able to turn the tables on white's bid for queenside advantage by a zwischenzug.
  • Black then spoiled his position with timid play, due to some extent to time trouble. (There's a lesson there, for sure!).
  • In the knight vs. bishop endgame, black failed to address pawn structure and instead automatically advanced his king. Doh! I should have learned about that from your earlier viewer games show!
  • White tried to put black in zugzwang, but used the wrong method.
  • Black traded into a pawn-down pawn endgame because he saw that he could reach a drawn queen endgame anyway.
  • Both black and white made the egregious mistake of overlooking a winning pawn break.

I'm sure there's plenty more there for an FM to discover and elucidate for us club players! My analysis is here, although I must confess that I published more analysis from the black side (mine) than white due to time constraints.

Best regards,

Chris Falter

[Event "FICS rated standard game"]
[Site "FICS"]
[FICSGamesDBGameNo "286676356"]
[White "Kaczmar"]
[Black "flatman"]
[WhiteElo "1917"]
[BlackElo "1859"]
[TimeControl "3600+30"]
[Date "2011.10.22"]
[Time "19:05:00"]
[WhiteClock "1:00:00.000"]
[BlackClock "1:00:00.000"]
[ECO "A05"]
[PlyCount "136"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. c4 c6 4. cxd5 cxd5 5. Bg2 Nc6 6. O-O e5 7. d3 Be7 8. b3 O-O 9. Bb2 Bd6 10. a3 h6 11. b4 a6 12. Nc3 Re8 13. Nd2 Be6 14. Rc1 Qd7 15. Na4 Rad8 16. Nc5 Bxc5 17. Rxc5 Bh3 18. Qb3 Bxg2 19. Kxg2 Nh7 20. b5 Na5 21. Qc3 b6 22. Rc7 Qxb5 23. Rc1 d4 24. Qc2 Qd5+ 25. Kg1 b5 26. Rc5 Qe6 27. a4 Rd5 28. axb5 axb5 29. Ra1 Rxc5 30. Qxc5 Nb3 31. Nxb3 Qxb3 32. Ba3 Nf6 33. Bb4 Qd5 34. Qb6 Nd7 35. Qc7 Qe6 36. Bd6 Nf8 37. Rb1 Qg4 38. f3 Qd7 39. Qc5 f6 40. Rxb5 Ne6 41. Qd5 Kh7 42. Rb7 Qc8 43. Qe4+ Kg8 44. Rb8 Qc1+ 45. Kf2 Rxb8 46. Bxb8 Qc8 47. Bd6 Nd8 48. Qd5+ Qe6 49. Qxe6+ Nxe6 50. f4 exf4 51. gxf4 Kf7 52. f5 Nd8 53. Kf3 g6 54. fxg6+ Kxg6 55. Ke4 Ne6 56. Kd5 Kf5 57. Bg3 h5 58. h3 Nf4+ 59. Bxf4 Kxf4 60. Kxd4 f5 61. e3+ Kg3 62. Ke5 Kxh3 63. Kxf5 Kg3 64. d4 h4 65. d5 h3 66. d6 h2 67. d7 h1=Q 68. d8=Q Qf3+ {Game drawn by mutual agreement} 1/2-1/2

Good chess and God bless,

Chris Falter

Thu Oct 27, 2011 9:19 pm

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
Edit: Deleted need to analyse this any more, I don't think.

Last edited by FlintEastwood on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:04 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Fri Nov 11, 2011 7:22 am

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
[Event "Clubmatch"]
[Date "2008.11.09"]
[White "Lolalf(me)"]
[Black "Ralph M"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "1450"]
[BlackElo "1655"]
[TimeControl "2h for 40 moves+ 1h for the rest"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6 6. Bd3 b6
7. O-O Bb7 8. b3 e6
9. Bb2 Be7 10. f4 Nd7
11. Qe2 O-O 12. e5 dxe5
13. fxe5 Nd5 14. Rf3 Nxc3
15. Bxh7 Kxh7 16. Rh3 Kg8
17. Qh5 f6 18. Qh7 Kf7
19. Qh5 g6 20. Qh7 Ke8
21. Qxg6 Rf7 22. Nxe6 Bc5
23. Nxc5 Ne2 24. Kh1 Nxc5
25. Rh8 Ke7 26. exf6 Ke6
27. Qg4 Kd6 28. Rd1 Bd5
29. Rxd8 Rxd8 30. Qxe2 Kc6
31. h3 Rh8 32. Rxd5 Black resigned

I would like to know if the combination i played was correct.

Tue Nov 22, 2011 7:26 am

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

I'd really appreciate your comments on this game, which was round 1 of the CV.TV tournament.

Here is the PGN, including my annotations. I think my analysis is correct, but perhaps you have some further comments or improvements? Specifically what I'd like to know (and Houdini just won't seem to make it's mind up) is this: at what point does black throw away the draw? I believe it is with the move a5. Here Houdini evaluates the position as +.4 for white, but as you play through its recommended moves (which are also the text moves, until I blunder with Ke3) it suddenly sees that white is winning.

You might also notice that the strategy followed in this game was trying to follow a lesson you gave on the Caro-Kann a few months ago. I don't think I went about it entirely precisely, however, but in the end it worked out for me.


[Event "ChessVideos.TV Sixth Tournament"]
[Site "Free Internet Chess Server"]
[Date "2012.01.03"]
[Round "1"]
[White "FlintEastwood"]
[Black "Detroitman"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B19"]
[WhiteElo "1791"]
[BlackElo "1826"]
[Annotator "Winiberg, Josh"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2012.01.03"]
[EventType "rapid"]
[WhiteClock "0:02:21"]
[BlackClock "0:03:55"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 $2 {This move gets a question mark, as I actually
meant to give up this line in favour of the advance variation, which I'd
actually prepared for in this game. Nc3 was a result of being a zombie in the
opening. This mistake nagged at me over the next few moves, resulting in some
rather lacklustre play.} dxe4 4. Nxe4 Bf5 5. Ng3 Bg6 6. h4 h6 7. Nf3 Nf6 {I
knew that 7...Nd7 was the move here, I pressumed in order to stop Ne5. However,
I wasn't entirely sure how I would follow it up, or indeed whether Ne5 was
indeed the correct reply. Hence I offered to transpose to the mainline. As it
turns out, Ne5 is the best move. I put down this lack of fighting spirit down
to my 'blunder' on move 3.} 8. h5 Bh7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 e6 11. Bf4 Bd6 {
This move I hadn't seen before. Usually my policy in the Classical Caro-Kann
is to create a strong kingside pawn structure and to exchange of all pieces. I
felt that the offer to exchange here was actually in my favour, and decided to
keep the game as simple as possible. However, Houdini evaluates 12. Be5 as
slightly better for white.} 12. Bxd6 Qxd6 13. O-O-O Nbd7 14. Kb1 O-O-O {I felt
this move was a mistake. Until this point my policy of exchanging pieces would
perhaps be a little premature, but with the kingside left unprotected I felt
exchanges would favour me.} 15. Ne4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 Nf6 17. Qe2 Nd5 $146 18. Ne5
Qc7 19. c4 Nf6 20. g4 {I was now uncertain whether to double rooks with either
Rd3 or Rh3, or whether to consolidate my kingside structure with g4. The
former plan would have been stronger, but in either case white has a
comfortable - if small - edge.} Rhf8 21. f3 {Too slow. Now black is close to
equal. f4 was much more to the point, especially seeing as black will want to
exchange off his knight on e5 at some point.} Nd7 22. a3 {A waiting move,
getting ready to gain some space on the queenside. Perhaps I could afford this
tempo if I'd played f4 in one go, but now I think the position should be a
draw. Better would be to try and keep some life in the position and make use
of the space advantage with 22. Nd3.} Nxe5 23. Qxe5 Qxe5 24. dxe5 Kc7 25. Kc2
Kb6 26. b4 c5 27. Rxd8 Rxd8 28. Rd1 Rxd1 29. Kxd1 cxb4 30. axb4 a5 {This idea
looks strong, but actually the decentralisation of black's king is - as far as
I can tell - what costs him the game. I think the solid looking 30...Kc6
should secure the half point.} 31. bxa5+ Kc5 32. Ke2 Kxc4 33. Ke3 $4 {A
mistake, wasting a valuable tempo and throwing away a won position. Here black
is winning. Better was 33. f4, followed , if necessary, by Kf3. Now black
should just take on a5 then run over to the kingside.} Kb5 34. f4 Kxa5 35. g5
b5 $4 {Black meets white's blunder on move 33 with one of his own. The correct
idea was to defend the kingside, then to push the b pawn. Now my strategy of
advancing the kingside pawns and exchanging pieces culminates in a rather
pretty breakthrough, securing the victory. Although the strategy paid off in
the end, it is hard to say whether it was objectively the best strategy to
persue. I think black is actually losing after 30...a5. Had he played Kc6, as
suggested earlier, then my plan would have most likely come to nought.} 36. f5
$1 Kb6 37. f6 {Detroitman resigns} 1-0

Tue Jan 03, 2012 6:37 pm

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 Re: Want Dennis to analyze one of your games? (SUBMIT HERE)
This is a correspondence game I played on I was white against fibraillo who is currently rated 1582. I'm currently rated 1839 but I'm new to and have a record of 20-0. What I would like to know is if the pawn sacrifice was a good one, and if opening the position with f3 gives white a strong enough attack.

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 (I don't know how to handle this position. I think next time I would probably play nc3 and let black transpose into a RIchter-Rauzer type system. I wanted to hold back the knight because then I could possibly play c4 to get a good grip on the d5 square. I think however that nc3 leads to a better position for white.) 5. Be3 e5 6. Nb3 f5 7. Bc4 (I was a little concerned about my position here, but I decided to play this move and not worry about losing the pawn, since it would make blacks center pawns very bad.) fxe4 8. Nc3 Bf5 9. O-O (I think Bd5 rounding up the pawn gives white a good game. Somehow I didn't consider this during the game) Nf6 10. f3 (White can still get the pawn back by playing Bg5, Re1, etc, but I decided to go for a Muzio type position instead.) exf3 11. Qxf3 Bxc2 (I didn't expect this move. I think I somehow forgot that the pawn was undefended. However, it is a somewhat exposed square for the bishop. Black can also play Bg6 here, which should be more defensive but doesn't take the pawn.) 12. Nd5 Be7 (as expected) 13. Bg5 O-O?? (this allows white to give a double check. I expected Rf8 but I think white can play Nxe7 Qxe7 [Nxe7 Bb5 Kf7 Bxf6 gxf6 Qxf6 Kg8 Bc4 d5 Qe6 Kh8 Qxe5 wins back all pawns and maintains an attack] Qxe7 Bb5 Black is pretty well tied down, and white goes after the c6 knight. Moving the knight allows Bxe7 Rxf3 and white comes out an exchange ahead. If Black tries 13 .. Nxd5, then white plays Qf7 Kd7 Bxd5 and the g5 bishop can't be taken because of the pin. I think white is probably winning here.) 14. Nxe7 Kh8 15. Nxc6 bxc6 16. Rac1 Be4 17. Qxe4 d5 18. Qxe5 dxc4 19 Rxc4 1-0

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