Annotated Chess Game 10902923 by moonbus

Annotated Chess Game 10902923 by moonbus

Annotated Games

Reti Gambit experiment

  • 1. e4
    Amaurote White, moonbus Black, notes by moonbus
    • 1... e6 2. b3 d5 3. Bc1b2
      My correspondent wished to explore an opening called the Reti Gambit, a variation of the French Defense. If Black takes the pawn here, it is the gambit accepted. I decided to decline.
      • 3... Ng8f6 4. e5 Nf6d7 5. Qd1g4 c5 6. f4 Nb8c6 7. Ng1f3 a6
        Black must get some territorial compensation for White's advanced center; hence, Black's activity on the queen side.
        • 8. Nb1c3 b5 9. a3 g6 10. Bf1e2 Qd8e7 11. O-O Bc8b7 12. Nc3d1
          The White knight is heading for f2.
          • 12... Bf8g7 13. d4
            Preliminary assessment of the opening: White has driven a wedge into Black's camp which restricts Black's movement. It has not, however, hindered Black's development. The fact that Black has had time to fianchetto both bishops indicates that White has not been energetic enough. Black's pieces are positioned harmoniously to contest the center, whereas White's pieces, although enjoying more space, are not so well co-ordinated and lack a clear target. Whites' central pawn wedge, f4 and e5, is static, and White cannot occupy the apparent gaps in Black's camp, f6 and d6. Black gained compensatory ground on the queen side. White must inject some dynamic into his static center if he is to get anything going; hence, 13. d4.
            • 13... cxd4 14. Nd1f2
              If White retakes the d4 pawn immediately, then 14. ... Qc5 pinning the knight on d4 and threatening the undefended c2 pawn. White must therefore make several precautionary moves before retaking on d4. This gives Black several tempi to lay his plans.
              • 14... Ra8c8
                Black now begins a new phase of the game: Black prepares to liquidate the center on his own terms. The rooks will therefore be brought to bear on the central files. White cannot retake on d4 immediately, as explained above; first, he must cover the c2 pawn.
                • 15. Ra1c1
                  Re-inforcing the c2 pawn but weakening the a3 pawn (as will be seen). The alternative was Bd3.
                  • 15... O-O 16. Rf1d1
                    White still cannot play 16. Nxd4 on account of ... NxNd4; 17. BxNd4, Qxa3. Thus he must recruit yet a third piece so as to retake with the rook on d4, leaving the bishop on b2 to hold the a3 pawn. This hands Black the opportunity he has been waiting for: to liquidate the central pawn wedge.
                    • 16... Rf8e8
                      I probably thought longer and harder about this move than any other. My long-range plan is to convert the e-pawn to a passer. This rook move prepares to support its advance.
                        Game started
                        17 Nov '14
                        Last move
                        28 Feb '15
                        Game Lost
                        Created
                        28 Feb '15
                        Updated
                        02 Jan '19
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                        Annotation Id
                        4414