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jeffz_2002 37 ( +1 | -1 )
Could anyone 1800+ offer tutoring/analysis? Hi,

I recently completed a game throughout which I couldn't come up with any satisfactory plan of attack or defense. I'd appreciate it if anyone rated 1800+ (GK or ELO) could help me out with it.

Please send me a message if you'd be willing to go over this game and let me know where I went wrong, and what I could have done differently.

Thanks, Jeff
myway316 4 ( +1 | -1 )
I'd be glad to help out... ..if I can,just send me a private message.
atrifix 9 ( +1 | -1 )
If you post the game in the forum, people will probably give you their analysis.
aqeel 4 ( +1 | -1 )
I can also help U a little! regarding analysis and discussions!
jeffz_2002 20 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks all To those posting here, and to those who sent me a message. I'm going over the game now, doing some preliminary simple analysis/explanation. Will send it off to those interested.

jeffz_2002 506 ( +1 | -1 )
Apologies for the long post! Here's the game. Unfortunately, I couldn't figure out how to include a link to the game, sorry. I've done my simpleheaded analysis, please try to stifle your laughter ... I tried to explain my thought process, or lack of one.

Thanks, I'll be messaging those who responded!

[White "mac011"]
[Black "jeffz_2002"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1090"]
[BlackElo "1072"]

1. d4 d5 2. Nc3
{ Blocks the QBP, so it mightn't turn into a regular QP game (expected 2. c4 for some kind of QGD game) }
2... e6
{ I played it like a QGD, even though it wasn't, locked in my QB and blocked my KN. Perhaps better would have been Nf6. }
3. Bf4
{ Already hitting at QBP, will follow with Nb5. I could have stopped the N advance with ...a6 or ...c6, but felt this was pretty lame, not developing any pieces. }
3... Bd7
{ Anticipating coming B-N exchange, but seems wasteful, and don't like giving away bishop so soon. Pressure already, don't feel proactive. }
4. e3 Nf6
{ Developing, but feel there was better. Again could do ...a6 or ...c6 (shuts in Bishop), ...Bd6 to trade Bishops and open c-file, ...Bb4 to trade B for N. Not sure. Ideas? }
5. Nb5 Bxb5 6. Bxb5+ c6 7. Bd3 Nbd7
{ Planning to bring R to c8 and advance c-pawn, was hoping to get Q-side control }
8. h4
{ Didn't understand this move ... perhaps intends to play g4 and gain lots of K-side space? Should I have worried about this move? Should I have understood that this implied Q-side castling? }
8... Rc8 9. e4 Nxe4
{ Not the best choice, as this invites f3, which pushes me back and supports g4. Should have played dxe4 attacking Bishop, then 10. Be2 Nd5 11. Bd2 f6 would have given me K-side space (but overextended pawns and weakened castle position?) }
10. Qg4
{ Prevents development of my Bishop, but I think f3 was better. }
10... Ndf6
{ Not sure about this ... seems like I'm leaving the other Knight out in space, but playing ...Nef6 seemed like a waste somehow (lost tempo). In retrospect, tempo loss doesn't apply, since he would have to lose one as well as his Queen's attacked. However, ...Ndf6 at least gets the N out into the board, less crowded for me. }
11. Qf3 Bd6
{ Hoping for Bishop trade, which is kind of lame, but I couldn't figure out what to do. Probably ...Qb6, attacking the QNP and the QP, would have been better. }
12. g3 a6 13. Ne2 c5 14. dxc5 Nxc5
{ Didn't know which piece to take with. ...Rxc5 15. Be2 goes nowhere. ...Bxc5 might have been good for the pressure on f2, but after a few trades (Be3 Bxe3; Qxb3) the f-pawn advances again for more space and the Knight retreats. I figured I had to get the Knight out of there, and had good half-open c-file. }
15. O-O-O Bxf4+?
{ At this point, I really didn't know what to do. ...Nxd3 seemed bad since it would activate the Rook (?). Perhaps ...b5 would have been better, but I couldn't see where it would go anytime soon. At any rate, I think that ...Bxf4+ was a terrible move. I was anticipating NxB or QxB, but with gxf4 ... }
16. gxf4
{ ... White has a strong K-side attack in the making, in my mind. White, being castled on the Q side and in no danger, should now pile on the K-side pressure. }
16... Qc7
{ Not a very useful move on my part, the c-file is easily blocked with c3 }
17. c3 b5 18. Bc2 Nfe4
{ Again, not sure what to do! Didn't want to castle, since I felt there was too much stuff bearing down in that area. I was still kind of hoping for a b5-b4 advance, which with Na4 might have made life interesting, but it seemed like a long shot. }
19. f5 Nf6
{ Evidently my Knight immediately got homesick, was pining for the fields of f6. I couldn't figure out the meaning of f5, figured with my Knight at f6, after fxe6 fxe6 I could play ...Rf1 (again not castling). Also, I realized that the Knight at f6, while it looked impressive, wasn't doing a lot, and would be knocked off by f3 eventually. }
20. h5 Ke7
{ A bit unnerved by h5, felt King was better off in the center. Would ...h6 have been a better move? felt that this would create a big weakness at g2, and would be hammered there pretty soon. }
21. h6 g6 22. fxg6 fxg6 23. Rh4
{ No idea what purpose of 23. Rh4 was, perhaps was thinking of Rf4. }
23... Rcf8
{ The c-file seems dead currently, and I thought that the h-Rook was needed to guard the h-file in case of a Bishop sac on g6. }
24. Qh3
{ Doesn't seem like a good place for the Queen }
24... Nce4
{ Could have played ...Nfe4, uncovering on weak f-pawn (the only weakness in White's camp I can see) and threatening a Knight fork on the Q and R at f2, but again felt that the Knight wasn't participating in the game over at c5. }
25. Qg2 Ng4?
{ Starts an ill-thought out tactical play, aiming to trade a Knight for the imposing Bishop: RxN, NxP forks 2 Rooks; QxN, NxP forks R and Q; BxN, BxP forks R and B. Naturally, I overlooked the obvious (QxN(g-file), Nxf2 fork, Qf4+ escapes the fork), but my opponent didn't see it }
26. Bxe4? Nxf2 27. Qg5+ Rf6
{ Not worried about the pin, since NxB protects the Rook }
28. Bf3?? Nxd1 29. Bxd5?? exd5 30. Kxd1 Qd6 31. Qe3+ Qe6
{ Queen trade favors me }
32. Qc5+ Kf7 33. Qc7+ Qe7 34. Qg3 Re8 35. Nd4 Qe5
{ Finally get a chance to centralize }
36. Qd3 Rf2
{ Threatens Qe1#, also attacks b2, but I wasn't sure if going after b2 would be sending my Rook to far astray. Didn't feel White had any attack, so decided to take it }
37. Rh1 Rxb2 38. Qxg6+???
{ And that's that }
38... Kxg6 39. Nc6 Qe2+ 40. Kc1 Qc2#
gambitnut 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Here is one piece of help board #1149353

I'm looking at the game right now.
atrifix 207 ( +1 | -1 )
IMHO 1. d4 d5 2. Nc3 e6
This is interesting, 2... Nf6 and 2... Bf5 are more common. Now 3. e4 would transpose to a French.

3. Bf4 Bd7
The bishop is not well placed on d7, so why put it there? Better are 3... Nf6 and 3... c5. 4. Nb5 comes to nothing after 4... Na6 (the bishop should go to b7 or a6, later).

4. e3 Nf6 5. Nb5 Bxb5 6. Bxb5+ c6 7. Bd3 Nbd7 8. h4?!
This move is just bad, creating kingside weaknesses.

8... Rc8 9. e4? Nxe4
9... dxe4 is better. I don't understand why Black would play ...Nd5 and ...f6 after 10. Be2, simply 10... c5 looks very strong.

10. Qg4 Ndf6 11. Qf3 Bd6
This is all fine, Black is up a solid pawn and has the better game. There's no need to force anything.

12. g3?! a6
12... a6 doesn't improve Black's position, it only prevents Bb5+. Black should play 12... Qb6--guarding b5 and hitting both b2 and d4--followed by ...c5. The knight holds the bishop on d6.

13. Ne2 c5 14. dxc5 Nxc5 15. 0-0-0 Bxf4+ 16. gxf4?!
Not only is White down a pawn, but his kingside is wrecked and Black has counterplay down the half-open c-file against White's king.

16... Qc7 17. c3 b5?!
Better is 17... Nxd3+, eliminating White's strong bishop.

18. Bc2 Nfe4
Why not 18... a5 and 19... b4? 18... 0-0 is also good.

19. f5 Nf6?
This Nf6-e4-f6 maneuver can't be good. At this point Black has to play 18... 0-0, in which case he still has a good position.

20. h5 Ke7?
The king really doesn't belong on e7, especially with the central files open. 20... 0-0 should be played. Then if 21. h6 g6 and Black is fine, or 21. Rdg1 Kh8 22. Qg2 Rg8, etc. Black should still be trying to eventually push ...b4, with or without a preliminary ...a5.

21. h6?!
Better is 21. Rhe1 or 21. Rhg1.

21... g6 22. fxg6 fxg6 23. Rh4
Again, 23. Rhe1 is better.

23... Rcf8
23... Rhf8 should be played. If then 24. Bxg6 hxg6 leads to nothing--the pawn cannot advance to h8 and white cannot penetrate on g6, e.g., 25. Nf4 Kf7 26. Rg1 Rg8 27. h7 Rg7 28. h8 Rxh8 29. Rxh8 Qxf4+ 30. Qxf4 Nd3+ wins.

24. Qh3 Nce4
Best to me seems 24... Kf7, removing the king from immediate danger. Black should still follow up with ...a5 and ...b4.

25. Qg2 Ng4?? 26. Bxe4? Nxf2 27. Qg5+ Rf6 28. Bf3??
After 28. Rf1 white is winning, because although 28... Nxe4 protects the rook, 29. Rxe4 removes the knight. After 29... Rhf8 30. Ref4 White is winning at least a Rook.

28... Nxd1 29. Bxd5?? exd5 30. Kxd1 Qd6 31. Qe3+ Qe6
The queen is not better placed on e6 than d6, so better is 31... Kf7, improving the position of the King.

32. Qc5+ Kf7 33. Qc7+ Qe7 34. Qg3 Re8 35. Nd4 Qe5 36. Qd3 Rf2 37. Rh1 Rxb2 38. Qxg6+ Kxg6 39. Nc6 Qe2+ 40. Kc1 Qc2#