Originally posted by ih8sens
haha just saw your thread. Okay umm.. doesn't matter to me. I did ask in this thread for analysis on the whole game. I'll tell you now that I see no improvements for either of us so don't ask me to analyze anything .. well, minus hangin that pawn.
alright, here goes nothin, i'll go over it and you can check the details.
1. d4 e6
I recently started playing d4 because I like the more common positional games as opposed to the typically sharp ones common to 1. e4
my opponent's move, 1. ... e6 is one i haven't seen, but it seems really flexible. with 2. e4 there is the French Defence. With 2. c4 Nf6 we have Nimzo-Indian. and, after 2. c4 f5 (as my opponent played) we have Dutch Defense. all by transposition.
2. c4 f5
3. e3 Nf6
developing pieces and pawn structure. In the coversation during gameplay, i was considering crazy stuff like g4? andother stuff on the kingside, but ih8sens talked me out of it, and I tried to keep it reasonable. I consider pawn to g4 every move from now until about move 10-ish
4. Be2 Be7
my move was with the idea that the bishop could stir up more mud on the kingside being on e2 than on d3, where it's staring this f5 pawn in the mouth. ih8sens prepares to castle.
5. Nf3 b6
good idea for involving the c8 bishop. the d7 pawn is stuck there, so the bishop must look to the a8 h1 diagonal
6. b3 Bb7
Here, I like the openness of my position, with the space advantage.
on the other hand, my opponent dominates the light-colored squares in the center, a factor which dominates how i make my moves.
In the conversation, we both agreed that my position was slightly better here with the pawn structure and space. My opponent recognizes the need to capture some space, but makes one quick move first, which made his break disasterous (obviously, it wasn't disaster, as I failed to capitalize, and it became drawn.)
7. ... 0-0
8. Nc3 d5
9. Qc2 Nbd7?
and e6 is trapped!
immediately, we concluded that one setback to the Dutch was the weak e6 square, and the d-pawn's unability to strike at the center.
anyway, Nbd7 was the loser because it closed the Queen from defending e6 after Ng5. ih8sens said in the game that he ws planning on gambiting off this pawn anyway, just not in this manner. We agreed that white is winning.
10. ... Qc8
11. Nxe6 Re8
the rest is pretty standard for a few moves. we exchange a bit, which, I thought, favored me. and so it continued like that through the rest of the game. I played sluggishly, thinking that win was in hand if I could just keep trading. As it turns out, I need a stronger player to look at the endgame, particularly from move 40 (where I lose advantage, and must play for draw) on.