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  1. 28 May '11 09:18 / 1 edit
    Hey All,

    If someone would be so kind as to tear my game apart for me. I played white - 1298 - against 1440. I feel that it was a good win, but I know I still have a LONG way to go. Thanks for any help/advice you may have.

  2. 28 May '11 11:05
    You played an active game, but in the end you were lucky not to lose the game. Here are a few moves where you could have done better:

    8. Bxh7+ (instead of Bg5) wins immediately at least a piece because if Kxh7 then 9.Ng5 Kg6 (Kh8 loses after Qxh5) 10.g4 etc...

    10. Qxh5 (instead of the retreat Bd2) because of hxg5?? 11.Qh7#

    15. better than Nf4 was f4 because after Nf4, black could neutralize the attack with Qg5 (instead of Qc5) and be only a pawn behind

    16. the attack with Ng6 was premature and should probably have lost you the game. Black missed your simple checkmate threat after your 23.Bd8 but could have had a much better position with 23. ... Bd7 or c6

    It's mostly tactics where you went wrong, and so did your opponent, luckily for you.
  3. 28 May '11 12:48
    I do like the sequence from move 22 and this will
    feature on a blog near you sometime soon.

    Good post. All the ideas are there you just need to take your time.
    As a non-sub there is no excuse for having too many games.

    When you feel there are tricks and tactics on take
    the screen postion to a board and move the pieces about.
    New ideas appear, old ones are shelved. (but never forgotten).
  4. 29 May '11 13:54
    one idea that has not been mentioned is 13.Bxh6 - i think it works!
    gxh6 Qxh6 f5 could be met by g4, no?

    good game and very nice checkmate.
  5. 30 May '11 15:10
    Thanks all for the help. I've added it to my notes - Take care!
  6. Standard member vivify
    30 May '11 22:13 / 6 edits
    16. fxg was a mistake in my book. You should've captured the pawn with the knight, which would've given you a much stronger position, as well as not being down a knight unnecessarily. I see why you didn't, but this was a HUGE gamble (assuming you intentionally didn't capture his pawn with your knight). Had black taken your bishop with his knight at move 22, you would've been in a world of trouble.

    Apart from that, you seem to be somewhat of a risk-taker. That can be a double-edged sword, but it worked for you in the final moves of the game. I like how Black had a false sense of security in taking your pieces (at the end), only to find out this was his downfall. Kudos there.