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  1. 20 May '17 02:08
  2. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    20 May '17 02:54
    White was winning at the end.
  3. 20 May '17 03:39 / 5 edits
    Originally posted by Trev33
    Game 29035
    This won't be very deep, but here are a few moves by black that could have done better:

    1. c4 e6? Not exactly dominating the center. I'd suggest 1. .....Nf6 developing a piece, and staking out some center territory.

    3. b3 d4? Too many early pawn moves, and not enough piece development. There was little to be gained by this over aggressive pawn push. Blacks priority is to get Knights and Bishop's off the back rank and castle the King, and connecting the Rooks. This move does none of these things.

    11.Bg2 Bg4? This ill advised move will set doubled pawns for black a few moves later and lead to an open h file w/ white's rooks making a mess out of blacks king side. Better would have been developing the bishop to d7 or f4.

    The rest was pretty interesting. I'm not a very good endgame player, so I'll leave that to the more "learned ones"
  4. 20 May '17 10:34
    Nothing too odd about the agreed draw even though one side was winning.
    These two played each other a few times. Maybe friends.
    The game was played 16 years ago.
  5. 20 May '17 12:05
    Oops, wrong game. Game 12200492
  6. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    20 May '17 17:45
    Originally posted by Trev33
    Oops, wrong game. Game 12200492
    Is this the game you meant to post?
  7. 20 May '17 20:33
    Yes
  8. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    20 May '17 21:39
    I prefer 11.a4 to keep the N on c4 a bit longer.

    White played very passively in the opening.

    20.g4 was way too risky. Perhaps even losing by force. Psychologically, this is the problem with passive opening play. You get squeezed to the point where you get an urge to lash out, whether justified or not.
  9. 20 May '17 23:32
    I never understood passive openings, surely the point of chess is to control space?
  10. Subscriber moonbus
    Uber-Nerd
    21 May '17 09:45 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by Trev33
    I never understood passive openings, surely the point of chess is to control space?
    Controlling space is a means to an end, not an end in itself. A 'passive' opening, one which does not overtly try to control space by occupying it, can appeal to players of a certain temperament. It can also sometimes lead certain opponents into over-extending themselves,
  11. 21 May '17 12:29
    I think white was playing a variation of the white lion.
  12. Standard member DeepThought
    Losing the Thread
    22 May '17 16:36
    Originally posted by Eladar
    I think white was playing a variation of the white lion.
    I think it was meant to be the King's Indian Attack, the problem is white played it as the King's Indian Defence in reverse. I don't like the knight on d2, it puts pressure on e4 but gets in the way of the bishop so white can't get 6. f4 in and plays Nf3 instead which lets him castle but slows down the natural advance of the f-pawn.
  13. 22 May '17 18:22
    I see can see kid with the white pieces. The lion usually doesn't like to castle, but I haven't read the book so I don't know if this is really a suggested lion set up. All I know is that white wasn't being very cheeky and didn't go for the kingside attack. Other than the kingside fianchetto and castling it looks very much like the lion.

    My favorite move of the game is 21.e4
  14. 30 May '17 06:06
    White can still win:

    53. Qf2 d2
    54. Kd4 Kc1
    55. Qf4 Kc2
    56. Qc7+ Kd1
    57. Kd3 Ke1
    58. Qc3