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Old Nov 21, 2010, 09:03 PM   #1041
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Nice game. 30...Rxa2 looks much stronger, doesn't it?

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Old Nov 22, 2010, 04:38 AM   #1042
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Nice game. 30...Rxa2 looks much stronger, doesn't it?
Doesn't that drop my Queen to 31. Rxf8+ followed by 32. Qxg5?... there's no pin on the second rank, because he moved his King to f3 on the previous move.

One reason that I'm happy with the game despite its flaws is that my attacks are usually tactically based, but this one was almost entirely positional. The tactics didn't come into play until I retreated my Bishop from h4 to e7, with the clear intention of sacrificing it on f4 to smash his last barricade on the dark squares.
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Old Nov 22, 2010, 07:54 AM   #1043
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You're right of course, it shows I haven't played in many months. I guess looking at all checks and captures is still a good idea. It looked good on the surface as all other moves fail horribly.
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Old Nov 29, 2010, 09:50 PM   #1044
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Nice little attack to finish a less than stellar tournament for me. As you can see my opponent did not want to resign.

The overagressive pawn pushes were not objectively best but not really all that bad either. I really enjoyed the bind I had my enemy in. After move 23 there were simply no good moves for him. I really didn't get 17. Be1? Finishing off the tournament this way put me in a good mood & hopefully towards my chess future. I went 3.5 of 6 overall (lost my first two games & got 3.5 of 4 for the rest of the event).

[Event "National Chess Congress"]
[Site "Philly"]
[Date "2010.11.28"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Winters, Lance"]
[Black "Norris, Tony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A25"]
[WhiteElo "1870"]
[BlackElo "1921"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nc6 3. g3 f5 4. Bg2 Nf6 5. d3 Bb4 6. Bd2
O-O 7. Nf3 d6 8. O-O Kh8 9. a3 Bxc3 10. Bxc3 Qe8 11. Ne1 Bd7 12. b4 Nd8 13. a4
c6 14. d4 e4 15. Nc2 Ne6 16. f3 f4 17. Be1 d5 18. c5 e3 19. gxf4 Nxf4 20. Ra3
Qg6 21. Bg3 N6h5 22. Nxe3 Nxg3 23. hxg3 Qxg3 24. Qe1 Qg5 25. Kf2 Rae8 26. Rg1
Rf6 27. Kf1 Rxe3 28. Rxe3 Nxg2 29. Re8+ Bxe8 30. Rxg2 Qh6 31. Qf2 Bd7 32. Qg3
Rf8 33. Rh2 Qf4 34. Kf2 Qxd4+ 35. Kg2 Qf4 36. Rh4 Qxg3+ 37. Kxg3 g6 38. e4 dxe4
39. Rxe4 Kg7 40. Rd4 Bf5 41. f4 Re8 42. Kf3 h5 43. b5 Kf6 44. b6 axb6 45. cxb6
h4 46. a5 Ra8 47. Ra4 Ke6 48. a6 bxa6 49. b7 Rb8 50. Rxa6 Kd6 51. Ra8 Rxb7 52.
Rd8+ Kc5 53. Rd1 Rb3+ 54. Kg2 h3+ 55. Kh2 Rb2+ 56. Kg3 Rg2+ 0-1
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Old Nov 30, 2010, 11:30 PM   #1045
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So far... See my other thread if you want to give some help

I am white.

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d3 e5
4. Bg5
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Old Dec 17, 2010, 09:49 AM   #1046
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So S4Y, how's your game going now?

I had an interesting clash vs. Yeekim.
I thought I was doing well winning a piece for three pawns but couldn't convert it.

Looking at it offhand the one move perhaps I should have played but wasn't brave enough to was 26. ... Qe2+ but even this wouldn't have necessarily gotten rid of bishop for knight because after Qx & Bx white is not obliged to take back, he can move his knight. I later traded my knight for knight which may have thrown away my last chance at a win, my bishop became nothing more than a tall pawn.

Yeekim suggested the move 16... Nxe4 giving back the piece for three more pawns with two bishops vs. two knights in a fairly open position. There probably was something to that idea (almost certainly better than the way I played) but I didn't consider it.

I'll put the game into Fritz & see what it comes up with.

[Event "CivFanatics Forum 4th annual tournament! - Round 1"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2010.09.18"]
[White "Yeekim"]
[Black "Narz"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2030"]
[BlackElo "1989"]
[TimeControl "1 in 5 days"]
[Termination "Game drawn by agreement"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d3 d6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qf3 Nf6 8.Qe2 Nd4 9.Qd1 a6 10.Nf3 O-O
11.Be3 b5 12.Bb3 a5 13.Bxd4 cxd4 14.Nxb5 a4 15.Nbxd4 axb3 16.Nxb3 d5 17.e5 Nd7 18.d4 Ba6 19.h4 h5 20.Rg1 f5
21.Ng5 Qe7 22.f4 Bh6 23.g3 Bxg5 24.hxg5 Qb4+ 25.c3 Qc4 26.Na5 Qb5 27.b4 Rfc8 28.a4 Qd3 29.Qxd3 Bxd3 30.Kd2 Be4
31.Nb7 Nb6 32.Nd6 Nc4+ 33.Nxc4 dxc4 34.a5 Bc6 35.Ke3 Kf7 36.Ra2 Rh8 37.Rh2 Ke7 38.Rb1 Bb5 39.Rh4 Kd7 40.Ra1 Kc6
1/2-1/2

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Old Dec 17, 2010, 09:51 AM   #1047
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In other news here is a game I did feel I played very well.

[Event "W-field Quads"]
[Site "YMCA"]
[Date "2010.12.05"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Lim, Michael"]
[Black "Norris, Tony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D31"]
[WhiteElo "1850"]
[BlackElo "1920"]
[TimeControl "G-45"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 e6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bb4 6. e3 b5
7. Bd2 a5 8. axb5 Bxc3 9. Bxc3 cxb5 10. b3 Bb7 11. bxc4 b4 12. Bb2 Nd7 13. Be2
Ngf6 14. O-O O-O 15. Qc2 Be4 16. Qb3 Qb6 17. Nd2 Bc6 18. c5 Qb8 19. Qd3 a4 20.
Rab1 Nd5 21. Ne4 b3 22. Ba3 Nb4 23. Bxb4 Bxe4 24. Qxe4 Qxb4 25. Qd3 b2 26. Qb5
Qxb5 27. Bxb5 a3 28. Bxd7 a2 0-1

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Old Dec 18, 2010, 04:32 AM   #1048
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So S4Y, how's your game going now?

I had an interesting clash vs. Yeekim.
I thought I was doing well winning a piece for three pawns but couldn't convert it.
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Looking at it offhand the one move perhaps I should have played but wasn't brave enough to was 26. ... Qe2+ but even this wouldn't have necessarily gotten rid of bishop for knight because after Qx & Bx white is not obliged to take back, he can move his knight. I later traded my knight for knight which may have thrown away my last chance at a win, my bishop became nothing more than a tall pawn.

Yeekim suggested the move 16... Nxe4 giving back the piece for three more pawns with two bishops vs. two knights in a fairly open position. There probably was something to that idea (almost certainly better than the way I played) but I didn't consider it.

I'll put the game into Fritz & see what it comes up with.

[Event "CivFanatics Forum 4th annual tournament! - Round 1"]
[Site "Chess.com"]
[Date "2010.09.18"]
[White "Yeekim"]
[Black "Narz"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2030"]
[BlackElo "1989"]
[TimeControl "1 in 5 days"]
[Termination "Game drawn by agreement"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 g6 3.Bc4 Bg7 4.Nc3 Nc6 5.d3 d6 6.Ng5 e6 7.Qf3 Nf6 8.Qe2 Nd4 9.Qd1 a6 10.Nf3 O-O
11.Be3 b5 12.Bb3 a5 13.Bxd4 cxd4 14.Nxb5 a4 15.Nbxd4 axb3 16.Nxb3 d5 17.e5 Nd7 18.d4 Ba6 19.h4 h5 20.Rg1 f5
21.Ng5 Qe7 22.f4 Bh6 23.g3 Bxg5 24.hxg5 Qb4+ 25.c3 Qc4 26.Na5 Qb5 27.b4 Rfc8 28.a4 Qd3 29.Qxd3 Bxd3 30.Kd2 Be4
31.Nb7 Nb6 32.Nd6 Nc4+ 33.Nxc4 dxc4 34.a5 Bc6 35.Ke3 Kf7 36.Ra2 Rh8 37.Rh2 Ke7 38.Rb1 Bb5 39.Rh4 Kd7 40.Ra1 Kc6
1/2-1/2

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Yes, that was a fun game. I couldn't come up with a good gameplan and so started with an extremely uninspired attack on kingside which, as I knew from the beginning, was destined to fail.
This lead to aforementioned loss of a piece, and by move 16 my outlook seemed pretty bleak. However, as Narz enabled me to lock our pawns at center rather than opening the position, after his 18.Ba6, it seemed to me he has locked his king into its castle, while locking the rest of his army out. Makings of a successful pawn rush seemed to be there, but I botched it by starting with h-pawn istead of g-pawn (if you have a good analysis program Narz, please check what it thinks of 19g4?).

Nonetheless with queens and knights traded, I think I had a definite advantage before 33.a5 - damn my impatience and conditional moves! Again, b5 might have seen my pawns break through.

All in all, I am quite pleased. Especially considering that this tournament is the first real chess I've played since our last tournament - except 3-minute blitz matches, where I seem to be unable to get my rating above 1500 (currently sunken to around 1300).

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Looking at it offhand the one move perhaps I should have played but wasn't brave enough to was 26. ... Qe2+ but even this wouldn't have necessarily gotten rid of bishop for knight because after Qx & Bx white is not obliged to take back, he can move his knight.
...and that is what I would have done. At this point, your bishop was becoming useless, much unlike you knight.
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 10:26 PM   #1049
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One very interesting move I missed was 11. ... d5 instead of b5. This wins a piece straight away & without losing three pawns. It's a bit hard to see at first but the computer found it in a matter of milliseconds. The point is that after the attacked bishop moves black plays Nxf3+ and proceeds to fork the e3-bishop & c3-knight.

Even though I won the piece anyway obviously winning it sooner & for less material would've been better. The computer considers me significantly ahead after winning the bishop for the pawns however move by move I slowly lose my edge & after the queens are exchanged it considers the game nearly equal.

The computer actually judged 34. a5 as white's best move, with b5 being about half a pawn worse. Practically speaking though maybe b5 was better, I still think it would be been very difficult for me to lose the position.
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Old Dec 20, 2010, 10:29 PM   #1050
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Here's a game an opponent of mine published on his website (no commentary). It was a draw but I was fairly pleased with it since he was a National Master. I blundered in the endgame losing my slightly advantage & giving my opponent one. He ended up a pawn ahead but was unable to win.

Similar to our first game actually (also a draw).

http://jimwestonchess.blogspot.com/2...-11142010.html

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 a5 9. f3 d5 10. exd5 Nb4 11. Nde2 a4 12. Nxa4 Nfxd5 13. Bf2 b5 14. Nac3 Nxc3 15. Nxc3 Bf5 16. O-O Qxd1 17. Rfxd1 Bxc2 18. Bxc2 Nxc2 19. Rac1 Bxc3 20. Rxc2 Be5 21. Rd5 Bd6 22. Rxb5 Rxa2 23. g4 Rd8 24. Kg2 Kg7 25. Bb6 Rd7 26. Ra5 Rxa5 27. Bxa5 Rb7 28. Bc3+ f6 29. h4 Kf7 30. Re2 e5 31. h5 gxh5 32. gxh5 Rb5 33. Kh3 Bb4 34. Re4 Bxc3 35. bxc3 f5 36. Rc4 Kf6 37. Kh4 Rb6 38. Rc7 e4 39. Rxh7 Rb3 40. Rh6+ Kf7 41. fxe4 fxe4 42. Rc6 Rb2 43. Kg4 e3 44. Kf3 e2 45. Kf2 Kg7 46. Ke1 Rc2 47. c4 Ra2 48. c5 Kh7 49. Re6 Rc2 50. c6 Kg7 51. h6+ Kh7 52. Kf2 Kh8 1/2-1/2
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Old Dec 22, 2010, 01:39 PM   #1051
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Won my first official tournament game against a National Master. Unfortunately my game isn't much to show, I made a few key mistakes & only really shined in a ugly lost endgame position where I turned things around after the Master triped on the a-file got on my seventh rank & tried to crush me (I wiggled out & managed to snag my two pawns back, secure a better king position & win the endgame by queening first, however we both had less than 5 minutes on our clocks for all of this so it will forever be unrecorded).

I'm somewhat happy to note that even though I screwed up I saw how I did it during the game (albeit too late).

And I'm not going to complain about such a victory. Some comments in {}'s.

[Event "ChessMates RR"]
[Site "Rahway, NJ"]
[Date "2010.12.19"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Macaspac, Arthur"]
[Black "Norris, Tony"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A07"]
[WhiteElo "2090"]
[BlackElo "1938"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 Bg4 4. c4 e6 5. cxd5 exd5 6.
Qb3 Qc8 {a bit passive, braver is Nc6} 7. h3 Bd7 {I came here because I didn't want the knight hopping to g5} 8. d3 Na6 9. Be3 Bd6 10. Nc3 O-O {c6 is probably the more solid move, I'd love to say I opted for complications, in actuality I had just come back from the bathroom & moved quickly without even noticing I dropped a pawn, I tried to play it off like I had it all planned out though } 11. Nxd5 Nxd5 12. Qxd5 Nb4
13. Qb3 Be6 14. Qa4 b5 15. Qd1 Bxa2 16. O-O Re8 {inaccurate, now white can play b3, aiming to trap the bishop or at least cause me a headache but he plays more cautiously} 17. Bd2 Bd5 18. e4 Bb7 19. Qb3
a5 20. Bxb4 Bxb4 21. Nd4 Qd7 22. Nf5 Rad8 23. Rfd1 g6 24. Ne3 Kg7? {I give myself a ? for this, c5 would've been more aggressive, Kg7 is a bit purposeless, still Fritz assesses me here as still slightly better} 25. Nc2 Bf8 {again Fritz is yelling c5}
26. Rxa5 c6? {I saw the much stronger Bxe4 a few seconds after dropping the pawn on c6, losing my a-pawn demoralized me, I am working on this psychological weakness} 27. d4 c5? {c5 now is too late, Fritz likes the surpassing Bc5 with the idea of dropping back to b6 & having an active eye on white's king} 28. d5 b4 {like I said, I managed to stop blundering here & my opponent, too eager to finish me off made some mistakes that allowed me to get equality & then a slightly better position & in the endgame a slightly better position is often all you need} 0-1
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Old Dec 23, 2010, 12:32 PM   #1052
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Cute lil' queen winning tactic in a blitz game.

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Old Jan 02, 2011, 11:36 AM   #1053
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Just won this game, but I think I missed an early checkmate, could you guys take a look. I played white.

1. g3 Nf6
2. Bg2 Nc6
3. Nf3 Ne4
4. d3 Nc5
5. Nc3 d6
6. Bg5 Be6
7. O-O Nb4
8. a3 Bc4
9. dxc4 Ne4
10. axb4 Nf6
11. Ra5 Qb8
12. Nd4 c5
13. Nf5 e6
14. Ne3 g6
15. Nb5 h6
16. Bf4 e5
17. Bxe5 g5
18. Bxf6 Be7
19. Nxd6+ Kd8
20. Bxe7+ Kxe7
21. Nef5+ Kf6
22. Ne3 g4
23. Rxc5 b6
24. Rb5 a5
25. Qd4+ Kg6
26. Nxg4 Qxd6
27. Qxd6+ Kh7
28. Be4+ Kg8
29. Nf6+ Kg7
30. Ng4 a4
31. Qc6 h5
32. Ne5 Ra5
33. Rxa5 Rh6
34. Ng6 a3
35. Rxa3 Rh7
36. Qc5 b5
37. Qd4+ Kh6
38. Nf4 f6
39. Qd6 Ra7
40. Qxf6#
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 05:19 AM   #1054
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Cute lil' queen winning tactic in a blitz game.

http://www.chess.com/livechess/game.html?id=80310742
The fegatello / fried liver attack is still nice.
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Old Jan 03, 2011, 08:01 PM   #1055
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Hi everyone

Had a bad day at work and this game I won made my day:

1. e4 d5
2. exd5 Qxd5
3. Nc3 Qa5
4. Nf3 Nf6
5. h3 Bf5
6. Bc4 e6
7. Bb3 c6
8. d4 Bd6
9. Bd2 Qc7
10. O-O Nbd7
11. Re1 O-O-O
12. a4 g5
13. Nxg 5h6
14. Nxf7 Rdg8
15. Nxh8 Bxh3
16. g3 Bxg3
17. Kh1 Bh2
18. Bxe6 Bg2#

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Had a bad day at work and this game I won made my day:

1. e4 d5
2. exd5 Qxd5
3. Nc3 Qa5
4. Nf3 Nf6
5. h3 Bf5
6. Bc4 e6
7. Bb3 c6
8. d4 Bd6
9. Bd2 Qc7
10. O-O Nbd7
11. Re1 O-O-O
12. a4 g5
13. Nxg 5h6
14. Nxf7 Rdg8
15. Nxh8 Bxh3
16. g3 Bxg3
17. Kh1 Bh2
18. Bxe6 Bg2#

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Nice little game, even if I am not convinced about it correctness. But then, when did that become so important as long as the fun is there
I decided to show my very last game of last year. 2010 was on the whole a year of recovering, and I managed to go through it without losing a single game while meeting some rather good players. After having paid a heavy tribute to the Classical School utilising the Slav and the Smyslov Variation of the Ruy Lopez and drawing a lot against strong opposition, I decided to use the autumn for some serious re-education. So I excavated some of my old notebooks, checked and refined some analyses and gave the sharp openings from my youth another try. As I believe Sicilian is quite a popular opening among the community, I think the following game is interesting. It is not a masterpiece by any standard, especially since White collapsed quite early, but I think it shows some themes and ideas typical of this opening. I have supplied some short notes, and since I haven't had proper time for analysing it thoroughly I would be grateful for corrections.
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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 d6 6.Bg5 e6 7.Qd2 a6 8.0-0-0 Bd7 9.f4 Be7 10.Nf3 b5 11.Bxf6 gxf6 I used this system with a considerable success in the late 80s and early 90s. It is rather risky, but suitable when playing for a win.
12.Kb1 A useful semi-waiting move. White frees the c1-square for his rook or knight, while the covering of a2 might be useful in certain variations. 12...Qb6 The control of the diagonal g1-a7 is important in the Sicilian. I consider this move to better than 12...Qa5. 13.f5 The correct reaction. White must break up Black's pawn screen. Besides the road to h6 is opened up for his Queen. 13...Rc8 The sharpest response. Black mobilises his Rook for an immediate counter-attack not fearing the intrusion of White's queen while at the same time renouncing ...0-0-0. There are quite a few playable alternatives, like for instance 13...h5. It goes without saying that 13...exf5 or 13...e5 are huge errors. 14.fxe6 fxe6 15.Qh6 Na5 Inferior is 15...Kf7 as they played in some old games. 16.Qg7 Rf8 17.Qxh7 Rxc3 This is not an inspiration of genius, but simply technique. Black removes one of White's most dangerous pieces while at the same time disrupting the pawn shelter around the white King. 18.bxc3 e5 In my opinion, which is based on both rather extensive analyses and practice, Black has full compensation for his modest investment of material. The situation is unclear. But I don't like White's next move. 19.Nh4 Initiates a doubtful manouver. However, since I intend to continue to play this variation, I am not going to reveal what I think White should play. I hope people have understanding for that. 19...Be6 20.Ng6 Rf7 21.Qh8+ Kd7 22.Nxe7 Kxe7 23.Be2 With the intention 24.Bf7, but after 23...Qc5 he discovers that that is unplayable; 24.Bh5 Qa3 25.Bxf7 Bxf7 (With the idea 26...Bxa2+) 26.Qg7 Nc4 and mate on b2. So he tries 24.Kc1 Bc4 There might be better moves here, but this seems to win in a non-problematic way. Now White blunders and the rest is silence. 25.Bxc4 He had to try 25.Bh5, even if Black should win anyway. An amusing variation is 25.Bh5 Qe3+ 26.Kb1 (26.Rd2 Qxc3 -+) Qxc3 27.Bxf7 Bxf7 (With the idea 28...Nc4)28.Rd3 (28.Qh3 Bxa2+ 29.Kxa2 Qxc2+-+) Bxa2+ 29.Kxa2 Qxc2+ 30.Ka1 Qxd3 31.Qg7+ Ke8 32.Qg8+ Kd7 33.Qa2 Nc4 and I fail to see how White should survive; Black will prepareto advance his pawns while picking up the white e-pawn with check sooner or later, and due to White's open king position he is unlikely to organise any counter attack. The Queen endings will also usually be won for Black. However this is far better than the game continuation. 25...Nxc4 26.Rd3 Qa3+ 27.Kd1 Qxa2 Black is ouf course in no hurry to exchange his formidable Knight for the white rook. First he cleans up White's queen side. 28.Ke1 Qxc2 29.Rd1 Qxc3+ 30.Ke2 Qxc2+ 31.Kf3 Qb3+ 32.Kg4 he might as well. 32.Ke2 Qe3+ 33.Kf1 and Black has a pleasant choice between 33...Nd2+ and 33...f5 which both wins easily. 32...Ne3+ 35.Kh5 Nxg2 36.Qa8 Qh3+ 37.Kg6 Nf4#
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Old Jan 05, 2011, 12:41 PM   #1057
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Just won this game, but I think I missed an early checkmate, could you guys take a look. I played white.
I don't have access to an engine right now but I did take a quick look. Turns out you don't really need an engine for this game anyhow since the errors from both sides are so major that small differences hardly matter.

9. dxc4 is a good move as it wins a piece for nothing. Black can move his knight on b4 back and you would have won a piece. An even better move is 9. axb4 also winning a piece but in addition threatning the knight on c5. Since you are also still threatning to take the bishop he can only save one of those two pieces and you will capture a second piece on the next move.

11. Ra5 What you should know is that whenever you are up a piece or more your goal should be to make even trades as much as possible. Here you are up two pieces and could play Bxf6 trading your bishop for his knight. I usually compare it to ice hockey. It's great to have a power play 5v4 but 4v3 is even better and imagine what you could do 2v1 not to mention 1v0 if it was allowed. Same thing applies in chess; the less pieces on the board the more powerful the difference in material gets.

15. Nb5 Exchanging the bishop for the knight has been the best move for a while but here you could even have taken it for free. Nothing is protecting the knight any longer so you should have played Bxf6.

16. Bf4 Instead of capturing the free knight you make a blunder. After e5 your bishop has nowhere to run and is lost. Fortunately for you he doesn't take your bishop on move 17 for some reason and finally you see that his knight is still unprotected.

19. Nxd6+ Why would you not play Bxh8 taking a whole rook for free?

Move 25-29 You should have taken his rook on a8 with your bishop, especially on move 29 when it was unprotected.

36. Qc5 You just placed your queen on a square where he can take it with his pawn. You should not be doing that. Fortunately for you the quality of black's play is the worst I have ever seen in my like so far which means you can get away with just about anything.

Overall what you should take from this game is NOT whether you could have mated in a few moves earlier. The most important thing you can do at this point is to check every move and see if there is a piece that is unproteced and can just be taken for free. Also, when you make your move take a little time to see if it's safe, your 36th move is a prime example of this. If you can avoid putting your pieces en prise (chess speak for "in take") while taking his pieces whenever they are unguarded you will start to win a lot more games.
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Old Jan 05, 2011, 05:02 PM   #1058
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Thanks Panzar75.
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Old Jan 06, 2011, 01:31 PM   #1059
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Drew an interesting game. Had an opening advantage after a poor move (8. f4) but gradually let it slip to an equal game. My opponent wisely didn't try to defend his overextended pawn on e5 on move 16 & my formerly strong bishop (preventing white from castling) became weak. On move 33, I became overly paranoid about white's advanced pawn & decided to sacrifice my own bishop for it. According to the computer with best play white should have been able to win but it eased my mind to be rid of that pawn & I ended up drawing rather dramatically at the last minute.

Not the highest level game but a lot of fun (even though I did not win).

[White "Horan, Ken"]
[Black "Norris, Tony"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B35"]
[WhiteElo "1960"]
[BlackElo "1930"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Be3 Nf6 6.
Nc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O 8. f4 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 d5 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Nd2 dxc4 12. Nxc4
Ba6 13. Qxd8 Rfxd8 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. fxe5 Rd5 16. Rd1 Rxe5 17. Kf2 Rd5 18. b3
Rad8 19. Rxd5 Rxd5 20. c4 Rd7 21. Ke2 Bc8 22. Rd1 Rxd1 23. Kxd1 a6 24. Kd2 Kf8
25. Kc3 Ke8 26. Kd4 Kd7 27. Kc5 e5 28. b4 f5 29. g3 Kc7 30. a4 Bd7 31. b5 cxb5
32. cxb5 axb5 33. axb5 Bxb5 34. Kxb5 Kd6 35. Kc4 Ke6 36. Bg5 f4 37. gxf4 exf4
38. Bxf4 Kf5 39. Bg3 Ke4 40. Kc5 g5 41. Kd6 h5 42. Ke6 h4 43. Bc7 g4 44. Kf6 g3
45. h3 g2 46. Bh2 Kf3 47. Kg5 g1=Q+ 48. Bxg1 Kg3 49. Bf2+ Kxh3 50. Bxh4 1/2-1/2
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Old Jan 07, 2011, 08:16 AM   #1060
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Drew an interesting game. Had an opening advantage after a poor move (8. f4) but gradually let it slip to an equal game. My opponent wisely didn't try to defend his overextended pawn on e5 on move 16 & my formerly strong bishop (preventing white from castling) became weak. On move 33, I became overly paranoid about white's advanced pawn & decided to sacrifice my own bishop for it. According to the computer with best play white should have been able to win but it eased my mind to be rid of that pawn & I ended up drawing rather dramatically at the last minute.

Not the highest level game but a lot of fun (even though I did not win).

[White "Horan, Ken"]
[Black "Norris, Tony"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B35"]
[WhiteElo "1960"]
[BlackElo "1930"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 g6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nc6 5. Be3 Nf6 6.
Nc3 Bg7 7. Bc4 O-O 8. f4 Nxe4 9. Nxe4 d5 10. Nxc6 bxc6 11. Nd2 dxc4 12. Nxc4
Ba6 13. Qxd8 Rfxd8 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. fxe5 Rd5 16. Rd1 Rxe5 17. Kf2 Rd5 18. b3
Rad8 19. Rxd5 Rxd5 20. c4 Rd7 21. Ke2 Bc8 22. Rd1 Rxd1 23. Kxd1 a6 24. Kd2 Kf8
25. Kc3 Ke8 26. Kd4 Kd7 27. Kc5 e5 28. b4 f5 29. g3 Kc7 30. a4 Bd7 31. b5 cxb5
32. cxb5 axb5 33. axb5 Bxb5 34. Kxb5 Kd6 35. Kc4 Ke6 36. Bg5 f4 37. gxf4 exf4
38. Bxf4 Kf5 39. Bg3 Ke4 40. Kc5 g5 41. Kd6 h5 42. Ke6 h4 43. Bc7 g4 44. Kf6 g3
45. h3 g2 46. Bh2 Kf3 47. Kg5 g1=Q+ 48. Bxg1 Kg3 49. Bf2+ Kxh3 50. Bxh4 1/2-1/2
Not bad at all.
I will try to have a closer look at it later, but what you surely missed is 12...Qd5! with a tremendous position. I doubt that you have any real chances in the endgame with rook + opposited coloured bishops even if White displayed poor technique - he should win after you sacrificed your Bishop since his own Bishop controls the promoting square of his h-pawn.
Also a friendly warning. Don't use the computer too much when you analyse. It is a nice toy, but you gain much more by trying and failing yourself.
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