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  1. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    15 Sep '09 15:07
    Interesting game for me. I started out with a semi-clear idea which I managed to muddy during the opening, and then I allowed my opponent to gain space on the queenside forcing me to sacrifice the exchange for some elbow room. Towards the end, I threw strategy out the window in a desperate bid for a draw (or win) by tactical tricks, which paid off this time. I wanted to post this here to get your feedback on the strategical errors I made so I don't have to resort to this kind of gambling in the future. I would also like to say that my opponent did a fine job of making me sweat for most of the game.

  2. 15 Sep '09 15:24
    Love it.

    Don't bother asking why you got into a dodgy position.
    You have the nounce to play out of it. Let it happen again.

    Sometime I think the art of chess is to first give yourself a lost
    postion (not too lost) because suddenly your game becomes a lot
    easier to play.

    It's hard to win a won game, very easy to lose a won game.
  3. Standard member wormwood
    If Theres Hell Below
    15 Sep '09 15:28
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Love it.

    Don't bother asking why you got into a dodgy position.
    You have the nounce to play out of it. Let it happen again.

    Sometime I think the art of chess is to first give yourself a lost
    postion (not too lost) because suddenly your game becomes a lot
    easier to play.

    It's hard to win a won game, very easy to lose a won game.
    well I've got the getting into horrible positions part down quite well, but the latter part of the strategy is still on the drawing board.
  4. Standard member PBE6
    Bananarama
    15 Sep '09 15:33
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Love it.

    Don't bother asking why you got into a dodgy position.
    You have the nounce to play out of it. Let it happen again.

    Sometime I think the art of chess is to first give yourself a lost
    postion (not too lost) because suddenly your game becomes a lot
    easier to play.

    It's hard to win a won game, very easy to lose a won game.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm happy that I was able to wriggle my way out of this one, but I hate the feeling of being lost strategically. I've read two of Silman's books and they helped immensely with identifying basic imbalances, but I still feel oblivious to the actual workings on the board (hence my muddled opening and dodgy middlegame).

    Having said that, there is a definite benefit to working uphill to force the quality of tactical play to improve - I just wish I had a choice!

    Which was my biggest goof? I think it was actually 3.b3?, as I was trying to control d5 with my first two moves. Better would have been 3.g3, allowing my light-squared bishop to help out on d5 while clearing the way for kingside castling.