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premium_steve 233 ( +1 | -1 )
Another Game For Analysis :D I thought I'd post a game I played today.
There's nothing really exciting about it - it seems like very natural development from the early going.
In these kinds of games it's sometimes difficult to know what to do, I find. You're completely developed, so.... what then? A lot of the time it's tough when there's no apparent attack, or no really good targets to focus on; no threats to make.
I felt great though after my move 18.Rfd1. My opponent had spent four or five minutes on his first seventeen moves, but thought about his 18th for twenty or more. I really thought I was doing very well.
Feeling on top of the world, I made my 19th move very quickly and thought it must be good (my position is unloseable i thought), but the move was actually very bad. Probably losing. I have to learn to not rely on instincts in critical situations, or act impulsively.
Luckily my opponent made some poor moves too, and I was able to salvage a draw.

I don't know much about this opening because I usually play 1.e4. In the beginning I wanted to play good sensible chess.... least I tried. ;)
Here's the game. I'm White. (sixty minutes each)

1. Nf3 d5 2. c4 c6 3. b3 Nf6 4. g3 e6 5. Bg2 Nbd7 6. Bb2 Be7 7. 0-0, 0-0 8. d4, b6 9.cxd5 exd5 10. Nc3 Bb7 11. Rc1 Bd6 12.Qd3 Re8 13. Nh4 Rc8 14.Nf5 Bb8 15. Ba3 c5 16. dxc5 Nxc5 17.Bxc5 bxc5 18.Rfd1 g6 19.Nxd5 Bxd5 20. Bxd5 Qxd5 21.Qxd5 Nxd5 22.Rxd5 gxf5 23. Rdxc5 Rxc5 24.Rxc5 Kg7 25. e3 Re7 26. Rxf5 Re5 27.Rf4 Ra5 28. Rb4 Bd6 29. Rd4 Be5 30. Re4 f5 31. b4 fxe5 32. bxa5 Kf6 33.f4

and this is as far as I got because of time trouble. I was able to record a couple of endgame positions, though.

Black: pawns- a6 e4 h6, Kd5, Bh4
White: pawns- a2 e3 f4 g4 h5, Kc2

48. Ke3 Kc5 49. Kd2 Kc4 50. Kc2

And I think this was the final position.
Black: a3 e4 h6, Bf6 Kc4
White: a2, e3, f4, g4, h5, Kc2

Black offers White a draw here and it's accepted. There seems to be no winning chances for either side. Certainly not White. Is there anything there for Black?
No His bishop must stay on h4-d8 diagonal to prevent White from getting two passed pawns with a g5 push. White's king prevents Black's king from winning any pawns. Marching the king to right side of the board achieves nothing 4 Black.

So, what should White play instead of 19.Nxd5? What do you think of the position at this point? About equal? How would you rate both players' play?
Any comments and corrections are encouraged.... by me. Strongly.

Thanks! :)
premium_steve 29 ( +1 | -1 )
instead of 19.Nxd5, the move 19. Ne3, which applies more pressure to the d5 square, is probably good.
With this move White allows 19...d4, but if that were played then 20.Bxb7 seems to be strong. Maybe Black would find a move other then 19...d4.
sualksnh 36 ( +1 | -1 )
I also think that White can win a pawn with 19.Ne3 but the IMO the most important thing to learn from this game is that the final position is an easy win for Black.

Black: a3 e4 h6, Bf6 Kc4
White: a2, e3, f4, g4, h5, Kc2

Here is the main line: 1...Bc3 2.g5 Bh8 3.Kd2 Ba1 4.Kc2 Bc3 5.g6 Bg7 6.Kd2 Ba1 7.Kc2 Bc3 8.f5 Bf6 9.Kd2 Ba1 10.Kc2 Bc3 and White is running out of moves. He must either let the White King penetrate immediately or first sacrifice his passed pawns.