I can't find the blog-button, so it's a kind of blog without blog.
I waited for some games to be finished so that I can expose them there, and I began from the most recent ones. I will show some blunders, interesting tactics, æstetic solutions etc.
SECOND TO LAST BLUNDER (1)
Kratic vs Vandervelde RHP 2018
STUPID BLUNDER (1)
Svincent vs Vandervelde RHP 2018
In this position after White’s 47th move
47. ...Bb2?? and allowed perpetual check.
I saw that threat, all right, but I “calculated” without the analyze board that “I have time to play h5”, and escape with my king. But field “h5” would have been occupied by Pawn then!
I should have played 47. ...Rb1 so that I can retreat with Rook to b7 and then try to win from the scratch.
After 48. Kf6 Tf1
49. Tg7 I finally realized that 49. ...h5 doesn’t help and I tried
50. Kf7 Tg1?!
51. Txg1 a2 but it was dead draw.
NICE LIQUIDATION (1)
In this position in the game
vandervelde vs. Colgorm RHP 2017
VIVID TACTICS (1)
vandervelde vs. Joeboy69 RHP 2018
In this position, after mutual mistakes, Black has circa equal position:
But he plays
26. ...b6?? and selfinflicts weaknesses around his King.
He could forced the drawish series of exchanges with 26. ...d5!
27. Qf4 Ng8
28. Ke2 a6
I played without thinking because "I felt it must be good"::
and Black made another mistake:
(After 29. ...bxc5 Black King is still enough protected to resist further for many moves.)
30. Bxa6+ Kd8
31. Qb8+ Ke7
Now I played
33. Bb5 Qe6
34. Qe8+ Kd6
35. Qd8+ black King can’t escape checkmate or is losing Queen.
TYPICAL OVERSIGHT (1)
When you forget pieces changed role and place while “calculating”. I remember Spassky described this during his match against Larsen on Table 1 USSR versus Rest of the World in 1970 in Belgrade.
Here I am Black against AudiRapture on a hard core game
AudiRapture vs. vadervelde RHP 2018
I am feeling under pressure, White has advantage, and I am trying to get some air and simplify position with:
Idea is to exchange Knights and then my Bishop will return Pawn on e5 and me happy.
20. dxe5 Nxe4
I don’t have time to capture Pe5 because Bishop on e4 is aiming my Rook on a8.
CHECKMATE EXHIBITION (1)
SECOND TO LAST BLUNDER (2)
After many mistakes, I am on the move and have here advantage as black against dn84 in a hard core game::::::::
dn84 vs vandervelde RHP 2018
But instead of logical 32. ...Bc8 with an idea Bf5 and pressure on white diagonal and then attacking on white Pawns on Queen wing – note that I also have material advantage – I am placing my Rook under Bishop’s attack::
32. ... Rfd8??
White is also blind and plays
33. Rxd4?? but I again make blunder
33. ...exd4?? still leaving my Rook under fire.
Now, look here:::::::::::
White still doesn’t see he can capture Rook, and prefers to take Pawn::
White is now nevertheless better, because my King suddenly found himself under attack.:::::
I am out of the blue lost even after White had chosen a weaker move.
I decide to play “with confidence” as I am still in charge:::
34. ...d3 (bluffing)
and White makes another blunder
I saw 35. Re7! and that I thought that I cane save my stupid Rd8 with stirring up the watter with
35. ...Wb6!! (*after 35. Re7)
36. Qxb6 Bd4+
37. Qxd4 Rxd4 and now:::
Optically, I have 2 advanced chained Pawns and many would prefer to be Black, but my Bishop on b7 is hanging, so White has enough time for Nxd3 and to block the remaining pawn. We never came to this bridge anyway.
After 35. Rd2?? (instead of winning 35. Re7 – rook on 7th rank, what better man could want?!) I finally moved 35.... Rd6 and gained advantage again. Or, more correctly put, I got it on silver plate again.
You can see it yourself, here’s the whole game::::