Originally posted by nimzo5
Looks to me that Black played correctly- maybe playing e6 before deciding the fate of your Bishop was a ?. Why not play e5 or Bg4 and then e6?
In the middle game it seems like you target the b pawn as a potential weakness but dont follow up with Rb8 or similar trying to crash through. Even with a space advantage you need to create weaknesses or else squeez p your pawns supported and your pieces in harmony you shouldnt have too many problems to solve.
thanks for these comments, you picked up two of my unsure moves (see below, bishop and rook).
I see the weakness in 6... e6 now that you write and only felt uncomfortable with 6... e5, because of my pawn structure after 7. d4 or 7. e4. The bishop to 6... g4 I don't see fit, because it forces him to develop his bishop or just another pawn.
For the middle game, I am often at a loss with long term tactics. 12... Rc8 was such a move, which I regretted later, because at first I target the c-pawn, which was already done with 13. c4.
17... Bd7-Bc6 was trying to achieve all at once. Since the knight already had visited g5, I was happy to not play h6... somehow I thought of putting the rook there, in case he would ever rochade and I can attack the already weak pawns.
But mostly I was also annoyed because of my space. My knight on f7 blocked my pawn and there was no real place to put him elsewhere. By that time I was determined to go for the b-pawn weakness, with the white bishop to bind a piece, as it happened in 23... Ba4. I didn't want to make that plan too obvious, so I wanted my queen on d7, not e8, because on d7 it looks still along the diagonal at the king-side. I was actually lucky, that it also allowed 24... Qb7, an important move, which I really didn't have planned, but once I saw it, it was winning.
All in all I was intrigued by this game, because I had the feeling in the back of my head, that I should take much more advantage of it. But it is usuallybetter, not to be greedy...
Has someone a similar game to post? A very strange opening, against the 'common rules', that turned out to be surprisingly strong or so?