Mad Rook is correct, “here we go again”.
These threads usually end up with the poster learning nothing except
that other players argue all the time about what is the best method to continue.
Openings, Tactics or Endgames…..
If I really knew the answer to this one then there would be a threads on here
called ‘Chandler v Anand’ Matches 1-12 of the World Championship.
All I do is skip through his losses looking for shots missed and played.
Find the reason he lost, so if we tackle that problem first, we can shelf other ideas
till this one gets sorted out.
I enjoy doing it as I feel it also keeps one sharp looking for missed shots
and trying to identify where and when the loss happened.
9 times of 10 it’s a crass blunder, but spotting missed shots is good.
OK I’ve found one.
(There are other games with instructive losses - find one, spot the shot/blunder
and post.) He will learn from his losses you will also gain something this exercise.
Go there, play it out and come back.
He’s Black and was coasting home.
He had a chance to get a strong entrenched Knight
on d3 on move 23. 23…Nd3. But played an EP capture instead.
(You do not have to play an EP capture if you don’t want to.)
Anyway, It seemed to throw off his opponent who then blundered pawns.
Crunch happened here, Black to play.
And we see a very common trait amongst weak players.
The cannot defend themselves.
And here we see another common event in weak players games.
Blunders, come in 2’s.
27…Rxe1+ 28.Rxe1 Qc3! stopping the mate was the way to go.
Note that if White moves the Queen and holds the e1 Rook
29.Qe4 then 29…QxR+ anyway. 30.QxQ Nc3 and this game is over.
Black found 27…f6 (blunder 1- see above) and after 28.Qd5+ Qf7?
blunder 2 (28…Kh8) .
So after the classic two on the trot blunders White is simply winning and
just needs to wrap up. Of course winning a won game at that level is never
without drama and the dramatic moment came.
Black to play.
Black pushed the b-pawn to win the Rook but consider 38…Ne2+
and Nc1 and the b-pawn Queens. Check all Checks.
All the pieces laugh at the pawns…till they reach the 7th rank.
I’d like to ask JUST the original poster to come back on
and reply to this. Did he see this 38….Ne2+…Nc1 line.
So today’s lesson from this game is…
Be aware that at the lower levels you are at your most vulnerable when defending.
your King. If you are going to blunder then it will happen here.
Look at every possible way of defending against a mate and from experience
always choose the most active defensive move, one that is both defending and attacking.
One blunder usually follws another blunder.
Finally always take onboard what stronger players say, but it check it out
for yourself. Do not go any further until you are convinced.
The you know you are really learning something.