Annotated Chess Game 11850366 by moonbus

Annotated Chess Game 11850366 by moonbus

Annotated Games

QGD Semi-Slav

  • 1. d4
    White: blue bird, Black: moonbus, notes by moonbus, initial ratings within 25 points.
    • 1... d5 2. c4 c6 3. e3 Ng8f6 4. Ng1f3 Bc8g4 5. Bf1d3 e6 6. Nb1d2 Nb8d7 7. O-O Bf8d6 8. a4
      This is so far a book line of the Semi-Slav. Generally, Black strives for the liberating move ...c5, while White strives to prevent this.
      • 8... O-O 9. h3 Bg4xf3
        There was no point in retreating this bishop, as it was locked out by Black's own center pawns (all on white squares) anyway.
        • 10. Qd1xf3
          Strange move; I expected the knight to come here.
          • 10... e5
            This cannot be ignored, exchanges are now forced. Exchanges open up Black's slightly cramped position and work in favour of equalizing.
            • 11. cxd5 Nf6xd5 12. Nd2c4 Qd8e7 13. Nc4xd6 Qe7xd6
              This leads us into a potentially interesting endgame with 2 knights against 2 bishops.
              • 14. Rf1d1 Qd6f6
                I did not relish the prospect of leaving the queens on the board with two bishops bearing down on my king position after e3-e4.
                • 15. Qf3xf6 Nd5xf6 16. Bd3f5 Ra8d8 17. Ra1a3
                  Standard procedure calls for placing rooks on the c- and d-files. This unnatural-looking rook move is due to White's slightly awkward e3 pawn which hampers the natural development of the dark-squared bishop.
                  • 17... g6 18. Bf5xd7 Rd8xd7 19. b4
                    White effectively prevents Black's liberating move ...c5, and probably intends to double the rooks by playing Ra3-d3 at some point.
                    • 19... exd4
                      Black decides to liquidate the center, leave White with an isolani, and post a knight to d5.
                        Game started
                        24 Aug '16
                        Last move
                        05 Jan '17
                        Game Drawn
                        Created
                        06 Jan '17
                        Updated
                        06 Jan '17
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                        Annotation Id
                        5073