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  1. 01 Mar '18 14:26
    Hello all–

    Here is the first part of a write-up for the last tournament I played in, as a sort of partial excuse for not having updated this blog in a while. Featuring: me scoring 1/3 in the first half of the tournament, my chip metaphors, and my rambling thoughts on boring, drawn games.

    Blog Post: Blog Post 378

    –HikaruShindo
  2. 01 Mar '18 16:17
    The last game v J.D. (give full name) you were White.
    Just a few minor points which I noticed right away.


    8.Nc3 (which is theory) is better than 8.Nbd2 allowing that later Nxf2 trick that Black missed.

    Here. White to play.


    Here one automatically plays 15.Rxe8+ and 16.Re1 taking e-file.

    As played 15.Bg5 chases the Queen to where it wants to go and you have
    a Bishop (doing OK on d2) on g5 where a Knight hitting f7 and h7 should be.

  3. 01 Mar '18 19:56
    Cheers GP,

    I think you're right on both points but that I might post to explain what I was thinking at the time. With 15. Bg5, it was partly clear the d-file to play Rd1, d5, and exchange the isolated pawn, and partly that the bishop wasn't doing great. Playing 8. Nd2 over Nc3, I wanted to have the option for Nb3–Nc5, or to take back on c4. Thanks for the feedback, I do really welcome it, and I've taken your suggestion to include full names.
  4. Subscriber sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    02 Mar '18 00:30 / 3 edits
    Originally posted by @greenpawn34
    The last game v J.D. (give full name) you were White.
    Just a few minor points which I noticed right away.

    [fen]rnbqk2r/pp3ppp/2pb4/3p4/2PPn3/3B1N2/PP3PPP/RNBQK2R w KQkq - 0 8[/fen]
    8.Nc3 (which is theory) is better than 8.Nbd2 allowing that later Nxf2 trick that Black missed.

    Here. White to play.

    [fen]r2qr1k1/pp1n1ppp/2pb4/8/2QP4/5N ...[text shortened]... have
    a Bishop (doing OK on d2) on g5 where a Knight hitting f7 and h7 should be.

    That N-c3 bit, what is wrong with black attacking the N with B? If white goes B-d2, what is wrong with NXB? That is, after B-b4 pinning the knight.
  5. 02 Mar '18 02:38
    Hi Sonhouse,

    8...Bb5 = two minor pieces moving twice in the opening and
    soon one or both of them will be moving again to be exchanged.
    This is not usually a good opening plan and the threat can easily
    be handled by a developing move 9.0-0 and Black is heading for an awkward position.


    White has a solid threat of winning the e5 pawn. so Black has 9...Bxc3 or 9...Nxc3

    A plausible line with 9....Nxc3


    A plausible line with 9....Nxc3

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