Annotated Chess Game 11219201 by 64squaresofpain

Annotated Chess Game 11219201 by 64squaresofpain

Annotated Games

Two Rooks vs Queen imbalance

  • 1. e4 e5 2. Ng1f3 Nb8c6 3. Bf1b5 a6
    The Morphy defense (3...a6) is the most common reply to the Ruy Lopez... it is "asking the question" to the Bishop
    • 4. Bb5xc6
      I opted for the exchange here, damaging Black's pawn structure but losing the Bishop pair (Ba4 is also common, heading for the better diagonal)
      • 4... dxc6 5. b3
        ? Castles is the optimal move here, a fianchetto queenside is just stepping sideways
        • 5... Bc8g4 6. Bc1b2 f6
          Undermining White's d.s. Bishop's diagonal and protecting e5
          • 7. d3 Bf8c5 8. Nb1d2 Ng8e7 9. Qd1e2
            Defending f2 and preparing Queenside castle
            • 9... Ne7g6 10. g3
              Stopping the scary looking Nf4
              • 10... O-O 11. d4
                This is playable due to Qc4+
                • 11... Bc5b6 12. h3 Bg4e6 13. dxe5 fxe5 14. O-O-O Bb6d4
                  ? 15.Nxd4 exd4 16.f4 gives White some tempo and space on attacking Black's Kingside
                  • 15. Bb2xd4
                    ? White missed this, instead opting for the equal trade
                    • 15... exd4 16. h4 Be6g4 17. Qe2c4 Kg8h8 18. Nf3g5
                      ? An unsound knee-jerk reaction move, looking to sac the exchange for a potential mating sequence on the King i.e. 18...Bxd1 19.Nf7+ Kg8 20. Nh6++ and we have the philidor's mate (18.h4-h5 instead was better)
                        Game started
                        02 Jun '15
                        Last move
                        21 Jul '15
                        Game Lost
                        Created
                        21 Jul '15
                        Updated
                        21 Jul '15
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                        Annotation Id
                        4555