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Just a quick move order question in the Bf4 Pirc (lots of fun to play by the way) I’ve had a couple of opponents in recent Blitz games rather than play the usual plan of 8...Qa5 or 8...b5 go 8...Be6 immediately. Now this does have potential to transpose into familiar ground and indeed I’ve chosen 9.Kb1 here and both my opponents so far have played 9...b5 now. But what if 8...Be6 9.Kb1 Qa5 now? The threat is 9...b5 with no defence to the a pawn and the Nd5 idea doesn’t work here because the pawn on b5 now means the black Queen isn’t hanging.
This exact move order doesn’t seem to be covered in the videos, and I confess I am a little stumped here, any feedback would be welcome.
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Hi! I played in the Pirc tournament for chessmood members earlier today (amazing by the way, I plan on playing in more).
My opponent played a line that I don’t recall seeing in the opening series videos.
Can you advise on the best plan for white? I prefer the Bf4 setup to the Grand Prix.
the game went:
1. E4 d6
2. D4 g6
3. Nc3 Nd7
With the Trompowsky (not a suggested line in the course) after 2... Ne4 White can play the tricky 3. h4 hoping to open the h-file if Black takes. c5 is one of the main lines. There are lots of games.
However, in the Torre (or as in the course if White decides to play Nf3 instead of capture), after 3... Ne4 4. h4 hardly figures as a move and c5 is doing really well against what little games there are.
Why the big difference? Only thing I can think of is in lines with h4, Nf3 is delayed so if Black castles short then after e3/e4 Qh5 comes with a mating attack.
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Interesting game, but was worse for a fair bit of it and blundered at the end as time got low.
I remembered the theory and plan to get to play d4 and Qxd4 at the cost of B for N.
Opponent deviated by playing the dubious 5... Nf6, which 6. e5 is the only move that makes sense.
At move 8, considered c4, overlooking that after Nf4 d4 Ng2 Kf1 the knight is trapped, wasn't so happy with Nc3.
9. bxc3 was wrong, but at that point it's hard to see it. The aim was to either use the open b-file or a4 Ba3. The pawns resembles the Winawer French, but Black has the two bishops, so trying to keep one of them bad. The computer notes dxc3 is better, and while that does give better chances to the bishop, I was worried that Black's two bishops would find that position easier. Any suggestions here on the right way of thinking here?
11. a4 was an attempt to keep the light-squared bishop out of the game, and maybe give Ba3. The computer seems to want to play exd6 and dxc5 and swap queens, but I thought the pawns being on an
open file and the two bishops would be far better for Black.
13. Qc1 was trying to get rid of the bishop, but it wasn't going to work because Bg5 f6 would favour Black. 16. f4 makes the Bishop worse, but what is the alternative. Nd3 (computer suggestion just look s bad here).
21. Nd3 would have equalised, but I thought the N was needed to defend c2.
28... Bh3 should have cost the opponent the game. I was lucky (didn't see it beforehand that I had Ng2 as a resource).
31. c3 was an outright blunder in low time which loses the game. I need help to arrange my thinking so blunders like this don't happen. With more time I would have consider plans for my opponent. I think the thought process that goes wrong is thinking c3 will have to played without considering what options it gives the opponent (in this case a forced win). 31. Rb1 wins, but I had though Qc7 was okay for Black. However, it now gives Nf4 and Rxf4 is no longer playable.
So to recap, I played the opening well given inexperience, but didn't look further after Nxg2 in the c4 line else I would have played it. Should have played dxc3 rather than bxc3 but didn't see the reasoning behind it at that stage. Finally I need to be able to think in a way that avoids blunders under pressure.
Hi, guys I hope you are alright and doing superb in chess. Today a funny thing happened when I was analizing game 34th of Capablanca's Best Endings with Jay Garrison. We got a position in which Capablanca isolated Bogolyubov's piece on h7 but in our commented classical game he isolated Winter's piece on h2. In the book, Winter's Capablanca is game 29th. So it's funny that Capablanca isolated two pieces and pieces were bishops, and also opposite bishops and on same side of the board hehehe.
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What if you only had 50 minutes a day to spend on chess, but stuck to it as much as possible? (a lunch hour or a commute on the train for many)
Hi guys, I hope you all are superb. Here I am sharing a position extracted from the Book "Capablanca's Best Endings" It's game number 30th. It's white to move.
You have to tell:
1. Assessment of this position.
2. Is it good to take on f6 and if yes then kindly share your long term follow up or if possible share some lines which shows Nxf6 is good.
3. Do you ever studied this game?
I analyzed this game with my Endgame Teacher Jay Garrison. He is my mentor in positional and endgame play. I am glad because of him I am improving in endgames and my imagination is improving too.
We all study classics so sometimes we feel attracted to the player who is our idol. No matter he is alive or died. It's so great if player is alive so we have chance to meet him or her one day. But issue comes when we realize that our idol chess player is not alive. So we start missing him or her. So what will happen if you get a time machine? Then do you think you will go to meet your idol titled player?
I am Bobby Fischer's fan. I love the way he play. Even though I only studied his few games but mostly I worked on Karpov's games. But I am super attached to him so I wish to meet him and after him I wanna meet Tigran when he was on his peak and ask him that sir why so much torture you gave to your opponent who is almost dying and third I wanna meet Tal and explore how he create mess and win a lot games with super messy attacks.
I am so interested in studying pawn formations and different pawn formations in depth so I can become a great positional player one day. I do love to attack but when I see positional positions then I feel more comf. in playing them. Even though I am learning just ABC of positional play by learning pawn formations but it still motivates me that one day I will reach my goal and will play positionally well like GMs. Now a days I am working on Carlsbad, Maroczy and King's Indian Pawn formations with my 3 different training partners. But today I got the chance to play a Benoni structure in which I was many tempos up from the very beginning. I lost a game in benko so wanted to try something new so I chose this Nimzo but when I saw this tempo down line a3 I thought to play Benoni and it went well.
Well I am not a benoni player but I knew one thing about benoni from classics is that white place his pawn on e4 and a4 not on a3 and e3. So I knew I am already ok or may be somewhat better because white will have to lose another tempo by playing a4 so I played it anyways. I also knew TV concept so I knew my knight on f6 is not well placed so I provoked weaknesses and then I won this game positionally.
1. Playing against tempos.
2. TV concept because white have space.
3. Isolated white's light squared bishop.
I wanted to share two funny story about my life. I know it's chess forum but I can make you laugh may be.
First one: My Brilliant English!!!
So, it was last year of my school, I was new in chess. I learnt ok there are two chess moves e4 and d4 and they are good but had no idea why hehhe. I started playing it. Then my friend told me about Vishy Anand. I said oh one day I will beat him hehehe. He said he is world champ and I was like huh I can't beat him then. Next day he said you can see videos on chess games on Youtube and I said my internet speed is 3kbps. Then I texted another friend and asked him to download a video on chess for me. He download the video which I am going to share in the bottom.
When I was watching this video I was so irritated. It's not because of the openings or middlegame. But it's because of the name. I thought who is this guy " Queen's Gambit Accepted Alexi Shirov" and how can anyone write so long name in Score sheets. I thought may be they write like QGAA Shirov. Another thing which bother me was variations. The commentator was sharing variations and my poor knowledge of english called it takeback and I felt like wtf they both are doing. They call them world class players but on every move they are doing takebacks. Next day, I met my friend and asked him, who is this " Queen's Gambit Accepted Alexi Shirov" once he heard this he started laughing on me and said hey Queen's Gambit Accepted is an opening and Alexi Shirov is a player's name. I said ok and next thing I asked to him was about why they are moving pieces back on every move. Then he again laughed and said hey they are showing variations which both players may considered during the game. After I saw him laughing on me I started to find more ways to improve my english and now I am able to speak like native and I can confuse a lot non natives by my accent.
Damm I forgot the second story. For now enjoy this funny story.
The Benko course is a little different to the others as there is a run of moves to reach the initially discussed e4 lines. I felt the introduction didn't really focus enough on how Black should develop (and why) after bxa6.
There is also the question (maybe for advanced) on whether 5... g6 is more than a tricky move order. It's preferred by both Fedorowicz and Pinski in their books since it stops the b3 lines which are possible after Bxa6. The advanced section does mention the drawbacks of g6, but then what should be done about the b3 lines? Comments such as from Fedorowicz after 5... Bxa6?! (his annotation) 6. g3 d6 7. Bg2 g6 8. b3! Bg7 9. Bb2 O-O 10. Nh3 Nbd7 11. O-O 'This is the starting position of the main lines of the Double Finachetto. Black has tried the following five moves, though it's not clear if he can equalize with any of them: (Nb6 Rb8 Qb8 Ra7 Qb6)'. Pinski is a little more upbeat and quotes Portisch - Geller, Biel 1976 (the point that some people though 'the Benko Gambit was done for' and offers 11... Ra7!? as an improvement and quotes 11... Qb6 in Kovaliov - Vetemaa, Minsk 1981 concluding 'the 5... Bxa6 move order playable, but why give White the extra options?'. Probably this should be looked at in the advanced section.
Also perhaps in the introduction there should be the link to (or in) the side-lines course to mention how White might try to trick Black out of a Benko and into something not prepared for. This would also be applicable to starting with 1. Nf3, g3, e3 and perhaps c4 as well. With d4 and c4 transpositions are much more a factor than in 1. e4 openings.