Originally posted by tvochessIn the first game, 13.h3? missed his threat of ...Bxf3 followed by winning a free center pawn (it encouraged him to do something he already wanted to do!) Give a master a free center pawn and you might as well resign.
I recently played in my first RHP tournament: the trial for non-subs that was created around Christmas. I survived the first round against a much weaker opponent, and then was drawn against the highest rated participator and lost both games. This was no surprise because of his rating being significantly higher (2326 vs. mine 1754).
Here are the ga ...[text shortened]... also welcome of course. I feel to get lost in the tactical complexity of the opening.
Originally posted by tvochessI'd consider first 13.d5!? or even 13.e5?! before I'd play 13.dxc5, helping black open up the long diagonal for that Bishop.
Yes, there was an error there by me. I think I actually wanted him to trade off the knight, because I thought his c6 knight was pinned to the queen. Alas, I missed that 12..Rac8 had removed that pin.
Position after 12..Rac8:
What is the alternative? I can only think of dxc5 in order ...[text shortened]... a pawn is not enough to win (or to win easily).
What about the other game?
Thanks a lot!
Originally posted by BigDoggProblemI'm always afraid of doing d5 or e5 moves (as white) because I think I may overextend and my pawns will fall apart.
I'd consider first 13.d5!? or even 13.e5?! before I'd play 13.dxc5, helping black open up the long diagonal for that Bishop.
Originally posted by BigDoggProblemI read 12..Rc8 here at first, which is in line with the c-pawn attacking idea. Did you really mean 12..Bc8, because I don't get how this attacks the doubled c-pawns? I guess your suggestion 12..Bc8 also says that 11..Be6 was a mistake?
In the other game, you were already in deep trouble following the exchange of Be6. Maybe 12...Bc8!? and you've got attacking those doubled c-pawns to look forward to later?
Originally posted by greenpawn34yes, his weak pawns on the queenside kept me motivated, but I never seemed to be able to launch an attack on them. b6 with the ideas you suggest seems reasonable.
fxe6 instead of Qxe6 have the open file double on it with Rf7. don't worry about doubled
e-pawns and the two Bishops you can always play Nf4 he cannot let a Knight stay there.
So he will have to play Bxf4, You can take back with the a pawn or Rook.
After the Queens come off I'm not liking Rook back to e8. Too passive.
I can see the idea ...[text shortened]... not play Rd7 then there are
enough targets on the Queenside for the Rooks to stay active.
Originally posted by tvochessI did mean ...Bc8, but that wasn't a very good suggestion. You're better off listening to GP on that game.
I read 12..Rc8 here at first, which is in line with the c-pawn attacking idea. Did you really mean 12..Bc8, because I don't get how this attacks the doubled c-pawns? I guess your suggestion 12..Bc8 also says that 11..Be6 was a mistake?