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  1. 23 Jun '12 09:16 / 15 edits
    Books consulted :

    Pawn structure chess, Soltis,
    Reassess your chess workbook, Silman
    Experts v the Sicilian, Aggard and Shaw

    Games consulted :

    Thakur, A vs Lopez Martinez, J
    Pikula, D vs Tosic, M
    Codenotti, M vs Cramling, D
    Haast, A vs Martens, M
    Arnaudov, G vs Jackson, J

  2. 24 Jun '12 18:59 / 1 edit
    Its the kan not khan, u got the move order wrong in opening - and you consulted books and games 🙁 ?

    the Kia is better line vs kan - punish that bad bishop!
  3. 24 Jun '12 22:20
    Originally posted by plopzilla
    Its the kan not khan, u got the move order wrong in opening - and you consulted books and games 🙁 ?

    the Kia is better line vs kan - punish that bad bishop!
    i dont think it is better, my line with c4 pawn set up is both positionaly and strategically superior.
  4. 24 Jun '12 22:41 / 1 edit
    Hi Robbie.

    Just skipped through it. A Maroczy Bind.

    Your 21. Bxa6 looks OK at first glance.
    Let's look at the position before it's played.


    The d8 Rook goes to d8 and then the Knight has a discovered attack on the Queen.
    The Black player is not too bad perhaps he had something planned for you.
    Looks interesing.

    Here.


    You chopped the Queens straight into a lost ending.
    34.Qe5 makes it harder for Black to convert his extra queenside pawn.
    Rule of thumb, never trade Queens if you are behind in material.
  5. 25 Jun '12 08:01 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi Robbie.

    Just skipped through it. A Maroczy Bind.

    Your 21. Bxa6 looks OK at first glance.
    Let's look at the position before it's played.

    [fen]bqr1r1k1/2bn1pp1/pp2pn2/2p4p/NP2P3/PN3P2/3QB1PP/1RR3BK w - - 0 21[/fen]
    The d8 Rook goes to d8 and then the Knight has a discovered attack on the Queen.
    The Black player is not too bad perhaps he had ...[text shortened]... rt his extra queenside pawn.
    Rule of thumb, never trade Queens if you are behind in material.
    hi GP, i think you mean the e8 rook goes to d8 with discovery on the queen, yes its
    interesting, its one of those games i really enjoyed, although I lost. As for the queen
    trade it appeared to me that at the time I had no choice although Qe5 ..Qc2, Qb8+
    does look interesting. Ach well, we live and learn!
  6. 25 Jun '12 09:46
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    i dont think it is better, my line with c4 pawn set up is both positionaly and strategically superior.
    Please tell me why is it 'both positionaly and strategically superior'?
  7. 25 Jun '12 10:38
    Hi Robbie.

    I meant the c8 Rook after 21. Bxa6 goes to d8.


    I cannot see anything right away.
    Be interesting to see what Pacifique had planned because 21.Bxa6 does look OK
  8. 25 Jun '12 14:32 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by plopzilla
    Please tell me why is it 'both positionaly and strategically superior'?
    because it makes it very difficult for blacks pawn breaks at d5 and b5 which are the
    source of his counter play in the Sicilian, the KIA does nothing to prevent this, yes you
    heard me, nada! It also gives white more space for his pieces in the centre. Now let
    us compare these tangible realities with the vague and unrealised assertion of play
    against the queens bishop and i believe as i have stated that the bind is better, you will
    now state why the KIA is better or admit that i am awesome.
  9. 25 Jun '12 14:34
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi Robbie.

    I meant the c8 Rook after 21. Bxa6 goes to d8.

    [fen]bq1rr1k1/2bn1pp1/Bp2pn2/2p4p/NP2P3/PN3P2/3Q2PP/1RR3BK w - - 0 2[/fen]
    I cannot see anything right away.
    Be interesting to see what Pacifique had planned because 21.Bxa6 does look OK
    yeah, look at those two pieces on the a file dear GP, that's what put me off, i didn't
    even use the analysis board, i just imagined the queen on a7 forking my two pieces
    and that was the end of the variation for me, hmm, pity that!
  10. 26 Jun '12 16:19
    Originally posted by greenpawn34
    Hi Robbie.

    I meant the c8 Rook after 21. Bxa6 goes to d8.

    [fen]bq1rr1k1/2bn1pp1/Bp2pn2/2p4p/NP2P3/PN3P2/3Q2PP/1RR3BK w - - 0 2[/fen]
    I cannot see anything right away.
    Be interesting to see what Pacifique had planned because 21.Bxa6 does look OK
    I would play 21...Rcd8 of course. The position would remain very complicated.
  11. 26 Jun '12 21:07
    Originally posted by robbie carrobie
    yeah, look at those two pieces on the a file dear GP, that's what put me off, i didn't
    even use the analysis board, i just imagined the queen on a7 forking my two pieces
    and that was the end of the variation for me, hmm, pity that!
    Hi Robbie. After Qa7, I can't see much wrong with Bb5, pinning the knight. That was my immediate response; further analysis may prove me wrong!

    Mike