Monday, January 08, 2007

Positional game

In a game I encountered the following interesting position.

Black (me) to move.

My checklist revealed within a few minutes that after white plays 18. e4 , I'm left with a bad bishop, and white has a beautiful outpost at d5. To prevent this passive position I planned to trade the bisshops or at least to activate mine. It still costed me 40 minutes to find an acceptable move. I'm astonished how quick the balance swayed in my direction after only a few moves.
You can find the complete game here.

[White "Ma"]
[Black "Temposchlucker"]
[Result "0-1"]
[BlackElo "1711"]
[ECO "A47"]
[Opening "Neo-Queen's Indian"]
[Variation "2..b6 3.e3 e6"]
[WhiteElo "1654"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 c5 6.c3 Be7 7.O-O O-O 8.Nbd2 Qc7 9.b3
d6 10.Bb2 Nbd7 11.Rc1 Rac8 12.Re1 e5 13.dxe5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 dxe5 15.c4 Bxg2 16.Kxg2
Rcd8 17.Qe2 Nd7 18.Nf3 e4 19.Nd2 f5 20.Nb1 Qb7 21.Nc3 Ne5 22.Red1 Nd3 23.Rc2 Bf6
24.Na4 Bxb2 25.Nxb2 Rd6 26.Kg1 Rfd8 27.Rb1 Nb4 28.Rcc1 Nxa2 29.Rcd1 Nc3 {} 0-1


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  3. Tempo, pretty game. After your Bishop move, he moved the one Knight 6 times. Well done.

  4. I'm curious, why didn't he play e4 immediately? instead moving the knight first? hmm..

  5. Nezha,
    probably because I can challenge e4 immediately with f5. I was more afraid of Nb1, heading for the outpost at d5.

  6. Fantastic! I believe that this is exactly the kind of reassessment that Silman is trying to get you to do.

    I also would encourage you NOT to be concerned with the time involved in formulating a better plan. I think chess planning deserves serious training time, and I expect that you will get faster over time.

    In fact if you don't put in the time here, how can you expect to be a master?