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  1. 20 Apr '07 16:46 / 1 edit
    This was a really fun game for me... even though I lost. That last move I made, b7, was a blunder, I should have played Rh7, and then I may have been able to stop blacks advancement... although, I probably lost this game a few moves prior to that. Either way, it is a great game and worthy of study. It probably shows where I need to make my biggest improvement and that is with endgames. Any comments/suggestions?

    Game 3280454

    In hindsight I see a few mistakes I made in the last 10 moves...
  2. Standard member Ichibanov
    King of slow
    21 Apr '07 04:56
    It's so hard to say, since you ended up with such a nice bind on the q-side and did win the exchange.

    Tactically, however, I think that if you played a slightly different move order starting on move 16, you end up winning the queen and probably the game.

    16 b4 Qc7, 17 Bf4 Qd7, 18 Na4 threatens both mate and a queen fork. Same sort of theme as you had later with the B & N interplay, but by staying on tempo you stop his freeing move of dxe and the unmasking of the Q & R battery against your d pawn. It's just one tempo, but in this case it's enough to swing the game.

    Like I said, you ended up winning a clean exchange in your variation, so it's hard to say it's "wrong". But the old maxim is usually true. "When you see a good move, look for a better one."

    In the end, I'd say that if you saw mistakes in your last 10 moves, learned something *and* enjoyed the game then that's a great outcome regardless of the end result.
  3. 24 Apr '07 15:41
    Originally posted by robscullion
    It's so hard to say, since you ended up with such a nice bind on the q-side and did win the exchange.

    Tactically, however, I think that if you played a slightly different move order starting on move 16, you end up winning the queen and probably the game.

    16 b4 Qc7, 17 Bf4 Qd7, 18 Na4 threatens both mate and a queen fork. Same sort of theme as you h ...[text shortened]... hing *and* enjoyed the game then that's a great outcome regardless of the end result.
    Thanks alot, that line you pointed out does look alot better even though it is a slight change of move order! This is definitly a game for me to study and remember.