Originally posted by robbie carrobie
dear brothers of the chess board, i have just fluked a game, going over it by computer has proved futile, for there are so many mistakes that it makes me wonder what was i thinking? the game is interesting for there were many missed opportunities and a premature and in my opinion an unsound try for a combination by black which ultimately led to a d 8. d5 Nd4 39. Kh1 g5 40. Re3 Rh4+ 41. Kg1 Ne2+ 42. Rxe2 Qxe2 43. Re1 1-0[/pgn]
Well ~I've just had a look at this game up to move 6 and this raises my first question 6.d3...it's not a bad move at all but I wonder if there is anything more active to avoid the game becoming so closed and crowded.
6.Nc3 ... defends the e pawn and gets the knight out into the game. But it does prevent the move c3 which might be good to prepare d4 and would help keep the c6 knight out of d4
6. Re1 it defends the e pawn, Centralizes the rook and doesn't prevent c3
6. c3 Opens the d1 - a4 diagonal for the light sq bishop, prevents black playing Nd4, prepares the move d4....it does take c3 away from the queens knight bit I think d2 might be a good square for this knight in this game.
But it does leaves the e pawn en-prise so would have to evaluate just how bad 6.c3 ..Nxe4 7.Re1 would be...would the extra development, the extra tempo as the knight retreats and the space be worth a whole pawn.
However I don't know this opening so it could well be that 6.d3 is the best and strongest move here..
9.h3 seems unnecessary and weakening. I like 9.a3, 9.Nd5 and 9.Bd5 here.
9.a3 is not so committal or as active as the other moves but it does make a neat a space to drop the light bishop back into should they send the knight after it, and it controls b4 too stopping any knights from coming in and preventing black playing b4.
Also I very much like but can't decide between 9.Nd5 and 9.Bd5, Moving the knight into the d5 whole could lead to a knight exchange with you recapturing with the Bishop sort of pinning the now undefended c6 knight.
Moving the Bishop into d5 and they might be tempted to take it with the knight allowing you to recapture with Knight...not a bad place for a knight at all...and just maybe in a crowded game a well placed knight will be stronger than the light sq bishop.
... .will chug along to the next position to catch my eye later. It's quite an instructive game, throws up some interesting question....imho