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chris21 57 ( +1 | -1 )
A game to analyse. I played the following game recently as black for my club. Anyone care to analyse and try to see how I lost?

Although I did lose I count this game as one of my best performances and would be curious to see if a better player could see what I did wrong.

Here's the game...

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3.d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Be2 e5
7. Nb3 Be7
8.Be3 Be6
9. f4 Qc7
10. f5 Bc4
11. Nd2 Bxe2
12. Qxe2 0-0
13.0-0-0 b5
14.g4 Rf-c8
15. g5 Nf-d7
16. a3 f6
17. g6 h6
18. Qh5 Nb6
19. Rh-g1 d5
20. Bxb6 Qxb6
21. Nxd5 Qd6
22. Nxe7+ Qxe7
23. Qe2 Nc6
24. Nb3 Ra-b8
25. Qe3 b4
26. a4 Qc7
27. Qc5 Qb7
28. Qd5+ Kh8
29. Qf7 Qb6
30. Rg3 Qf2
31. Rh3 Qf4+
32. Kb1 Nd4
33. Nxd4 exd4
34. Qd7 b3
35. Rxb3 Qxe4
36. Rd-d3 Qh1+
37. Ka2 Qxh2
38. Rxb8 Rxb8
39. Qxd4 Re8
40. Qd7 Qe5
41. Rc3 Qb8
42. Rb3 Qa8
43. Rh3.....And black resigned as I couldn't see a defence to 44.Rxh6+ gxh6 45. Qh7#.

What do you think of the game? Feel free to insert your own !, !!, ? and ??.

Thanks:)
chris21 0 ( +1 | -1 )
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chris21 0 ( +1 | -1 )
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myway316 20 ( +1 | -1 )
From what I can see... 16...f6? was your biggest mistake,allowing your King to be trapped on the back rank. Also,your idea of trying to attack without being totally developed was not very good.
olympio 1 ( +1 | -1 )
at first glance 9. ... Qc7 looks bad.
caldazar 277 ( +1 | -1 )
Some notes on the first part of the game 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. Be3 Be6 9. f4

{It's too early to play this. If White wants to play f4, he had to castle first with 8. O-O.}

9... Qc7

{I'd like to recommend that in the future, you annotate you own games before asking for outside evaluations so that others can see precisely what you were thinking. As it is, I can only guess that you were thinking about 8. O-O Be6 9. f4 Qc7. However, there is a big difference between White playing 8. O-O/9. f4 and 8. Be3/9.f4 and you really have to take a look at each position carefullly rather than play a move because it looks to be the general type of move that's usually played. Black had the opportunity to level the playing field with 9... exf4 10. Bxf4 Nc6 intending 11... d5.}

10. f5 Bc4 11. Nd2

{This looks rather awkward, but I suppose the idea has its merit. 11. O-O might be more natural, though.}

11... Bxe2 12. Qxe2 O-O

{Castling into it and thereby accelerating White's attack. White's whole point behind 11.Nd2 was to get the queen to e2 to support g4 and to enable queenside castling. Thus, White is playing for a storm on the kingside and so Black should keep his king in the center and out of the line of fire. 11... b5 or 11... Nbd7.}

13. O-O-O

{Well, at least White returns the favor. 13. g4. Still, it's generally unwise to engage White in a pure attacking race in these situations; White has space and development so the odds are stacked against Black and he generally needs to find some way to slow down White's attack, if only slightly, to buy himself enough time for his own attack to crash through.}

13... b5 14. g4 Rc8 15. g5

{Or 15. a3 b4 16. axb4 a5 17. b5 (17. bxa5 Qxa5 18. Nb3 Qb4) 17... a4 18. Ndb1 (18.b6 Qc6 19. Qb5 Nxg4 20. b7 Nxe3 21. Rde1 Bg5 22. Qxc6 Nxc6 23. Kb1 a3 24. bxc8=Q+ Rxc8) 18... a3 19. bxa3 d5 20. Nxd5 Nxd5 21. Rxd5 Nd7 when White is facing a defensive burden.}

15... Nfd7

{This is asking far too much of the position. 15... b4 when White can either agree to the draw with 16. gxf6 bxc3 17. fxe7 cxb2+ 18. Kxb2 Qc3+ 19. Kb1 Qxc2+ 20. Ka1 Qc3+ or play on with 16... Ndb1 bxc6 17. Nxc3 Ne8 18. Nd5 Qb7 when at least the burden is on White to prove his sacrifice. After the move played, White takes over the attack with little risk.}

16.a3 f6

{With no knight on f6, 16... b4 no longer works due to 17. axb4 a5 18. axb5 Qxa5 19. Nb3 Qb4 20. Nd5. It's difficult to suggest something constructive for Black here; he really doesn't have any particularly good moves.}

17. g6 h6 18. Qh5 Nb6

{18... a5 is met by 19. Bxh6 Nf8 20. Bxg7 Kxg7 21. Rhg1 b4 22. Rg3 while 18... b4 leads to 19. axb4 a5 20. Bxh6 Nf8 21. bxa5.}

19. Rhg1

{19. Bxh6 is adequate. 19... gxh6 20. g7 Na4 21. Ndb1 and White breaks through.}

19... d5 20. Bxb6

{With the extra firepower, 20. Bxh6 is even better. 20... gxh6 (20... Bxa3 21. Be3 Bxb2+ 22. Kb1 is good for White) 21. g7 and White's attack crashes through.}

20... Qxb6 21. Nxd5 Qd6 22. Nxe7+ Qxe7 23. Qe2 Nc6 24. Nb3

{With an extra pawn, control of the light-squared weaknesses near the Black king, and control over the d-file, White stands rather better.}
chessnovice 57 ( +1 | -1 )
... I'd probably give 15. ... Nf-d7 a ?

15. ... b4! (I exclaim because I think there is no other move) is better in my eyes - Even if he took your knight and bishop, you'd get both of his knights, and you'd have no worry about promotion since you'd give check. This is definately where white claims the advantage.

16. ... f6 wasn't too hot either. Hard to say what to do here. Maybe attack the base of the chain with 16. ... d5 instead?

19. ... d5? Free pawn and attack against the knight? I liked the knight attack with 19. ... Na4 better... threatening mate.

You resigned right. No defense I can see either.

atrifix 258 ( +1 | -1 )
My two cents 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7

7... Be6 is most flexible, but this move is fine.

8. Be3 Be6 9. f4 Qc7!?

Most natural is 9... exf4, making use of the e5-square (Nc6-e5). The text is playable, though.

10. f5 Bc4 11. Nd2!?

Generally 6. Be2 players are more inclined towards a positional 11. a4.

11... Bxe2 12. Qxe2 0-0

This move isn't bad, per se, but it's not really good either. Much more flexible is 12... b5, intending ...Nbd7 and ...Nb6.

13. 0-0-0?!
This is just bad. White's pieces aren't geared up for a pawn race at all. 13. g4 or 13. 0-0 are better.

13... b5 14. g4 Rc8

14... b4 looks very strong, when White has to go for 15. Nd5 Nxd5 16. exd5 Rc8, and Black's position looks better.

15. g5 Nfd7?

This is a serious mistake. In order to play the Sicilian, you have to be able to play 15... b4. Hell, 15... b4 IS the Sicilian. The d5 square is far too weak to get away with a move like 15... Nfd7. Then 16. gxf6 leads to a draw, and 16. Ndb1 bxc3 17. Nxc3 Ne8 18. Qd5 Qb7 doesn't look like it works at all to me: 19. f6 Bd8 20. fxg7 Nc6 and what does White have? Meanwhile ...Rab8, ...Nb4 or ...Ne7 is coming.

16. a3?

Ok, White wants to stop ...b4, but this is the completely wrong way to do it. 16. Nb3! is called for, keeping the Queen out of a5. Then after something like 16... Bd8 White would have a clear advantage.

16... f6?

This is another serious mistake. In the resulting pawn structure, the difference between the two bishops is clear--white has a great bishop that can be saced any time on h6, and Black is stuck with a 'big pawn'. Best is 16... d5! 17. exd5 Bxa3, which is unclear, but even something like 16... Nc6 intending 17... b4 would be good.

17. g6 h6 18. Qh5 Nb6?

White has serious threats against h6, so 18... Bf8 immediately is necessary to avoid losing.

19. Rhg1? d5??

Again, 19... Bf8 immediately is necessary. If 19... Na4? instead then 20. Bxh6 gxh6 21. g7 Nxc3 22. Qxh6 Ne2+ 23. Kb1 Qxc2+ 24. Ka1 Nxg1 25. Qh8+ Kf7 26. Qh7 Qxd1+ 27. Ka2 and Black has no more checks, so white quickly mates with g8=Q+.

20. Bxb6?

White figures he can win a pawn and the game without going into long calculations, but why not just end the game immediately? 20. Bxh6 and Black is forced to resign in a few more moves.

20... Qxb6 21. Nxd5 Qd6 22. Nxe7+?

Why bother changing a great knight for a lousy bishop? Much better is 22. Nf1, intending 23. Nfe3-g4xh6+.

22... Qxe7 23. Qe2 Nc6 24. Nb3 Rab8 25. Qe3?!

25. Rd5! is necessary.

25... b4?

OK, so when Black finally gets in ...b4, it's no longer a good move. After this Black is just crushed. Much better is 25... a5, followed by ...a4 and only then ...b4. With this the chances would be roughly balanced.

26. a4
Now it's over.

26... Qc7 27. Qc5 Qb7 28. Qd5+ Kh8 29. Qf7 Qb6 30. Rg3 Qf2 31. Rh3 Qf4+ 32. Kb1 Nd4 33. Nxd4 exd4 34. Qd7 b3

34... Rd8 is more resilient, but White is clearly better.

35. Rxb3 Qxe4 36. Rdd3 Qh1+ 37. Ka2 Qxh2 38. Rxb8 Rxb8 39. Qxd4 Re8 40. Qd7 Qe5 41. Rc3 Qb8 42. Rb3?

42. Rh3 is mate in a few moves, the text allows black to exchange queens and hold off for awhile with 42... Qc8. White should easily win the ending, though.

42... Qa8 43. Rh3 1-0.
bigkev 69 ( +1 | -1 )
Here are my thoughts 1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3.d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. Be2 e5
7. Nb3 Be7
8.Be3 Be6
9. f4 Qc7
10. f5 Bc4
11. Nd2 Bxe2 11...d5 12.Bxc4 dxc4 13. Qe2 b5
12. Qxe2 0-0
13.0-0-0 b5
14.g4 Rf-c8
15. g5 Nf-d7 15...b4 16. gxf6 bxc3 17. fxe7 cxb2+ 18. kxb2 Qc3+ 19. Kb1 Qxc2+ 20. Ka1 Draw by perpetual check. This was the best result for white.
16. a3 f6
17. g6 h6
18. Qh5 Nb6 18...d5 A. 19. Bxh6 gxh6 20. Qxh6 Nf8 Stops the mate. B. 19. exd5 Bxa3 20. Nde4 Bxb2+ 21. Kxb2 b4 22. Rd3 bxc3+ 23. Rxc3 Qb7+ 24. Kc1 Rxc3 25. Nxc3 Qb4 26. Nb1 Qe4 27. Re1 Qxd5
19. Rh-g1 d5 Na4 was better here maintaining pressure on the knight.
20. Bxb6 Qxb6
21. Nxd5 Qd6
22. Nxe7+ Qxe7
23. Qe2 Nc6
24. Nb3 Ra-b8
25. Qe3 b4
26. a4 Qc7
27. Qc5 Qb7
28. Qd5+ Kh8
29. Qf7 Qb6 I thought Rc7 or Qxf7 were better moves here.
30. Rg3 Qf2
31. Rh3 Qf4+
32. Kb1 Nd4
33. Nxd4 exd4
34. Qd7 b3
35. Rxb3 Qxe4
36. Rd-d3 Qh1+ last chance for some sort of equality here with 36...Qe2 37. Rxb8 Qxc2+ 38. Ka2 Rxb8 39. Qxd4
37. Ka2 Qxh2
38. Rxb8 Rxb8
39. Qxd4 Re8
40. Qd7 Qe5
41. Rc3 Qb8
42. Rb3 Qa8
43. Rh3
chris21 23 ( +1 | -1 )
Now that's what I call feedback! Thanks very much to all who took the time!

By the way I remembered Fischer playing Qc7 so that if white played f5 he could play his bishop to c4, that's the reason I played Qc7.

Thanks again!