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  1. 13 Oct '11 12:22 / 3 edits
    I've been trying to get back into OTB thinking and have been playing a lot of blitz. But I seem to be missing the cutting edge, here are two of my blitz games which I feel I should have done better with and I'm open to advice/criticism and everything in-between.
    I'm white in the first game and black in the second.



  2. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    13 Oct '11 12:38
    In the top game 15.Nh3 or 15.Ne6 are doable. Good luck with your chess future
  3. 13 Oct '11 14:20 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by ketchuplover
    In the top game 15.Nh3 or 15.Ne6 are doable. Good luck with your chess future
    Thanks for taking the time to look through it.
    Think I might have actually seen that and played Qe2 as a sac (I was worried about losing the initiative), but didn't see Bd3 coming which finished me off.
  4. Donation ketchuplover
    G.O.A.T.
    14 Oct '11 11:32
    If we could see everything we'd be chess Gods
  5. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    17 Oct '11 13:12 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by VelvetEars
    I've been trying to get back into OTB thinking and have been playing a lot of blitz. But I seem to be missing the cutting edge, here are two of my blitz games which I feel I should have done better with and I'm open to advice/criticism and everything in-between.
    I'm white in the first game and black in the second.

    [pgn]
    1. e2-e4 g7-g5 {Atypical respo . Rf1-e1 Nf6-g4 20. Nc5-e4 Rb8-e8 21. f3xg4 Re8xe4 22. Re1xe4 Qa8xe4 23. Rc1-c8 1-0
    [/pgn]
    In game 1 18.Rb1 instead of Qg6+ looked interesting to me. Worth a look, you can invade the 7th rank on the following move which threatens e7. You could probably have drawn on the spot as Black has to go for repetition. ie

    18.Rb1 ..Qxa2
    19.Rxb7 ..Qa1+
    20.Rb1 ..Q(any)
    21.Rb7 ..Qa1+ etc...

    EDIT: ACTUALLY! You should win

    18.Rb1 ..Qxa2
    19.Bxe7+!! ..Kxe7
    20.Rxb7+ looks totally winning to me.. The rook on h1 can be sacrificed as black simply doesn't have time to capture it...
  6. 17 Oct '11 13:29 / 1 edit
    The live threat was 18...Qf2# which is why I was chasing checks and why 16..Bd3 was such a strong move.

    Thanks for looking through, any advice on game 2?
  7. Subscriber Marinkatomb
    wotagr8game
    17 Oct '11 13:34
    Originally posted by VelvetEars
    The live threat was 18...Qf2# which is why I was chasing checks and why 16..Bd3 was such a strong move.

    Thanks for looking through, any advice on game 2?
    Yes of course! Not looking deep enough, doh!
  8. 19 Oct '11 17:14 / 2 edits
    Originally posted by VelvetEars
    The live threat was 18...Qf2# which is why I was chasing checks and why 16..Bd3 was such a strong move.

    Thanks for looking through, any advice on game 2?
    did you consider Ke2 instead of Kf1; hitting the bishop on g3?
    then I was wondering about after the bishop retreats playing h4
  9. 19 Oct '11 17:15 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by queenabber
    16......Bd3
    didn't that just allow
    17. Qe7 mate!
    Edit: Caught your edit.
  10. 19 Oct '11 17:28
    Originally posted by queenabber
    did you consider Ke2 instead of Kf1; hitting the bishop on g3?
    then I was wondering about after the bishop retreats playing h4
    after f6
    Nh3 seems interesting..... the idea if black plays Bh3, then white has hg! winning
  11. 19 Oct '11 18:50
    Originally posted by queenabber
    did you consider Ke2 instead of Kf1; hitting the bishop on g3?
    then I was wondering about after the bishop retreats playing h4
    Very nice find, I didn't really consider Ke2 - force of habit to stop me pushing my king out into the open, but it's a much stronger move and would have gotten me a tempo back.

    Thanks for looking!
  12. 19 Oct '11 18:55
    Originally posted by queenabber
    after f6
    Nh3 seems interesting..... the idea if black plays Bh3, then white has hg! winning
    Nice again.
    15 Nh3 opening up the threat of hxg3. Again, I missed that all together as I got a bit single track minded about coming up with an attack.

    Definitely would have given me much more play in the game.
    I must say my attack now kind of looks like a last resort attack and I wasn't in as much trouble as I thought I was.

    Thanks again, it's really good advice to see where I'm going wrong!