♡ 26 ( +1 | -1 ) A draw?!?Black is winning. I will analyze it tomorrow and post here as I am dead tired right now. Maybe I am just that tired? Oh never mind, I just read your note again as to why it was drawn. I assume you had the Black pieces?
♡ 30 ( +1 | -1 ) mercy is right..After the opening white is better but he makes an awful mistake with 17 Kh1. After that you played it well. At the moment of draw the winning is simple: You win the pawns on the queensside with bishop and rook in combine and after that its just a matter of time. You have to much material
♡ 46 ( +1 | -1 ) Like i saidTo be honest i knew i was winning, but it was getting late in the night, and i didnt have much time left, i didnt want to end up doing something stupid and losing.
He was a decent player (compared to myself, he is rates 1499USCF, which is above where i thought i was, but i guess only time will tell.)and I know there are a couple mistakes i made in the last few moves, which is why i took the draw.
♡ 286 ( +1 | -1 ) A very tactical game!!I found this to be an exciting game. Very tactical. In that situation I too may have taken a draw with my clock ticking down in the last few minuets.
Brett - Rick
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 d6 5.d4 Bb6 6.dxe5 I do not know much theory on Giuoco lines but I play 1.e4 e5 lines often. It seems to me that 6.dxe releases the central tension to soon?
6...Bg4 7.exd6 cxd6 8.0-0 Ne5 9.Be2 This move seems a little timid? Since Black had an isolated QP, I would try to exchange off as many Minor Pieces as possible and then use Rooks to line up against it. Maybe 9.Bb5
9...Nf6 10.Nxe5 Bxe2 11.Qxe2 dxe5 12.Qb5+ Qd7 13.Qxe5+ Qe6 14.Qxe6+ fxe6 15.Re1 I'm thinking White probably needs to start thinking of his Queenside development?
15...Rd8 This is a good example of short term advantage vs. long tern advantage. White has a long term advantage (material). Black has a short term advantage (development). All short term advantages are very difficult to master. In this case it is important to continue to put pressure on whites position and try to make him to react to you (initiative). I think 15... Ng4 16.Be3 Bxe3 17.fxe and then Rd8 would keep whites advantage to a minimum.
16.Nd2 0-0 Again... it was probably better here to apply more pressure to whites position with 16... Ng4. After 16... o-o I think Black has a good opportunity to consolidate his position with 17.Nc4
17.Kh1?? I think white missed a great opportunity here with 17.Nc4 Bc5 18.Be3 Nxe4 19.f3 Bxe3 20.Rxe3
17...Bxf2 17... Ng4 (black just does not want to play this?) 18.Nf3 Nxf2 19.Kg1 Nd3 20.Kf1 Nxe1 21.Kxe1 is good for Black.
18.Re2 Ng4 Yeah!
19.b3 How about 19.h3
19...Bc5 Black could have gotten White in a crossfire of pins with 19... Be3 20.h3 Rf2
20.Bb2?? I do believe this is whites big mistake? I think he needed to play 20.h3 giving himself an escape square on h2 thereby avoiding the dreded g1 square.
20...Nf2+ 21.Kg1 Because of the ungaurded position of the Bb2... 21.Rxf2 does not work. 21.Rxf2 Rxf2 22.Nf3 Rxb2
21...Nd3+ Black missed another tactical shot here with 21... Nd1 leaving the line from Blacks rook to Whites d2 Knight open. 21... Nd1 22.Kh1 Rxd2 and the threat of mate on f1 is strong.
33.Kf2 b6 34.a3 a6 35.b4 b5 36.Ke1 Re8 37.Rd4 Bc7 38.Rd7 Rc8 38... Bf4 would keep a better hold on the position. 39.Ng1 Be3 40.Nxe2
39.Nd4 Be5 Leaving the e file open would be stronger. 39.Bf4 then if he continues as he did in the game with 40.Nxe2 then 40... Re8 41.Kf2 Rxe2!
40.Nxe2 Nxe2 In this final position I think a possible line might be 41.Kxe2 Rc2 42.Kd1 Rxg2 43.Rd8 Kf7 44.Ra8 Rg6 45.Ra7 Ke8 46.Ra8 Kd7 47.Ra7 Bc7 48.h4 h6 But beware because if white can get all the pawns removed (or make them irrelevent) then a R+B v. R ending is almost always a draw. Even the theoretical wins take precise play in order to win. Please see John Nunn's awesom book "Secrets of Pawnless Endings". Also see Mercy-Puchu for such an ending but please do not look at Puchu-Mercy which is a fine instruction on "How to lose a perfectly draw-able ending". 1/2-1/2
♡ 12 ( +1 | -1 ) RenciCant you see me? I am sitting at your porch and admiring the beautiful beach and studying the game where you beat the grandmaster.....
♡ 4 ( +1 | -1 ) I'm looking but...I still dont see anyone. Hello??
♡ 20 ( +1 | -1 ) RenciActually I got my GK id a little mixedd up. I am invisible and not invincible. I guess you know both now, you cant see me which means I am invisible and you smash me all the time over the chess board, which means I am not invincible.
♡ 5 ( +1 | -1 ) That makes sense!Now I understand. Thought I might need glasses??
♡ 18 ( +1 | -1 ) RenciGood, I thought you would have understood without the explanation though. You are smart! Oh no, please dont wear glasses, you look very pretty without them ;-)