Originally posted by chesskid001
I've noticed that in many games, I play rather aimlessly. I struggle to find a plan. I've been reading Silman's Reassess Your Chess and have been trying to incorporate his method (identify the imbalances in a position and use those to create a plan) into my thinking process. I have been analyzing a game I played in a recent USCF tournament. I've identifi ...[text shortened]... e pressure (I had 3 seconds plus 5 second delay when he dropped it) I blew it.
I just looked at the position for about 5 min, so am certainly not suggesting I am any wise sage, rather just jotting down my thoughts for comparison with others.
Firstly from a pragmatic viewpoint, I guess a draw with white wouldn't be a disaster rating wise if I were you.
Longterm, white looks in trouble to me, if black is given enough time to stablise with ideas including possibly Nb6, Nd5 Bf6 etc as white has fixed weaknesses on d4 and b2.
Like you say, doubling rooks was the "obvious" move when not sure..... but ideally white needs to do something I would suggest. (by the way, after doubling, was the idea to maybe then play h4!? trying to loosen black on the kingside with either h5 or a timed Ng5?
Not saying it works, but did you consider d5!? with ideas of if e5 then Ne5. If black gives up his a6 bishop first, then e5, then maybe white can work his bishop to c6, hitting a4 and generally being a pest in black's queenside (with the added bonus of opposite coloured bishop potential?