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The Game as I see it.... Annotation of game between JRTK73 and Strickland420

It's often a very helpful exercise for me to annotate games.  I watched this game last night (I came in the middle somewhere).  I found it to be an interesting game.  I'm sure I missed things as I was watching and I volunteered to annotate this as an exercise and to see if I can spot some things.   Annotating forces me to look at positions and spot things I could otherwise easily miss.  

Strickland420 and I have played in the past.  I lost on time in our game.  I found him to be a wonderful and patient opponent, very encouraging to me as a beginner.   JRTK73 is a new friend - and I hope we may get the opportunity to play one day. 

Because I knew Strickland420 (and that was the reason I was watching), I have chosen to annotate this from black's point of view. 


So... the game as I see it.   

I'm happy to see others' thoughts.  I am a bit disappointed I couldn't see a bit more.  I played around in the middle game there to look at different variations and as I watched the game being played, I had things in my mind that I wondered were possibilities - after playing them out, it appears that some of my thoughts would NOT have worked out... so the exercise here was useful even if I didn't see as much as I thought I would.   I DID still get to test out some possiblities and see why some things would not have worked.

It was an enjoyable game to watch.  


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    Ha ha. @strickland420, you are right, @Dr Cris is getting stronger. Soon people will be afraid and nervous to play her!

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    sorry it has taken me so long to reply. great job though! i was impressed with the amount of work you put into this. i really appreciate your thoughts on the game plus some of the great comments it has provoked.  this one was a good learning experience for me. i think my opponent's comment sums up the game. losing the pawn early on was a big mistake, and i agree with him about the queen trade. Qd3 wouldn't have worked and every other option did seem too passive. it still may have been a better idea to keep the queens on the board though. i'm still not sure where i could have put her though. after the queen trade, i was playing for a draw. i also couldn't believe i missed 31... Rfc7. like i've said elsewhere before, tactics are the main thing i have to focus on right now if i expect to get any better. i still play a lot of "hope chess".

    as far as where you could improve in your annotations, i think harvey's comment is awesome! i got a lot out of it myself. keep working at it! 

    like everyone else has said, you're getting a lot better, and i think you've come a long way since we played eachother. i'm kinda nervous about the next time we meet at the board, lol. take care, and thanks again!

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    Wait a second - that's why the annotations are familiar !


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    @Alcher, I would do 10.axb3 myself. Open file and stronger center.

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    10.axb3 looks better.

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    @Dr_Cris, your annotations tell me you are maturing as a chess opponent, and starting to sort out "the plot". This is a crucial skill, we all have to work on it, and you are clearly getting better. @JRT's comments are a good addition to yours. So rather than add comments to the game, I'll add comments to what you can develop in your future annotations:

    • The center - you are doing a better job in looking at the game, especially the opening, as a fight for the center. Good job!
    • Choices about the center - after White's 11.d4, both players have critical decisions to make. This is a decision faced by every player in every game: (a) keep the tension; (b) release the tension by locking the center; (c) release the tension by capture. In this case Black decides to immediately relelase the tension with a capture, 11...cxd4. White continued to release the tension via capture with 13.dxe5. Black loses a pawn due to tactics, but that's another story. Other choices for both players were possible.
    • Middlegame tactics ensue, where both players are trying to catch one another off guard, nothing much comes of it, but then ...
    • Chess is a fight for the squares - tactics exist to support and/or defend against this activity. After 22...Raf8, Black has three pieces supporting an attack on White's f2 square. This is worthy to highlight in annotation. Fighting for squares is every bit as important as creating a strong center in the opening. Here White uses a tactic, 23.Rac1 attacking Black's Queen, so that White can bring an extra piece to defend against Black's attack. White brings this piece into play "with tempo". Simce the Rook is introduced via an attack on Black's Queen, Black defends his Queen (reposition), which means that bringing the Rook into play is done "for free" (with tempo). We say say with tempo because Black could not use his time to match the extra defender with yet another attacker...
    • Endgame and pawn islands - The endgame here starts roughly after the Queens are off the board (notwithstanding the discussion of the merits of the exchange). When the endgame starts (actually before...) it is useful to take stock on how many pawn islands there are to defend. In this case for example after 29.Nc3, we see that White has two pawn islands, both of which are defendable, and Black has three, one of which is an isolated pawn. Let's ignore the fact that Black is down a pawn due to the earlier tactic in the opening. Being down a pawn in a Rook endgame is usually considered drawable. However here one of Black's pawn islands is isolated, difficult to defend, will likely fall and afterwards White is up two pawns, and after the dust settles... will have a protected passed pawn. If White executes this advantage well, this is fatal for Black. You need to make sure to annote these types of features in future games.

    Overall great job annotating, and it was very informative to read @JRT's comments as well.

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    Thank you! It is always nice to read someone's comments on my games.

    My thoughts:

    • Move 8 was definitely an inaccuracy. Rather than playing h3, I should have played c3 which would have given my bishop a good square to retreat to following Na5. Na5 is actually a very good response to h3 because it allows black to get rid of my light squared bishop which is a strong piece for me.
    • Move 12 was Strickland's big mistake, before that he was winning. However rather than castling, he should have recaptured the pawn. After this he just falls behind a pawn.
    • Strickland did well from there to put me under quite a bit of pressure though. I thought moves like 15. Qc7 were very good as they served a multiple role. At this stage despite being down a pawn, he has better development and both bishops.
    • I was very happy to exchange both of his bishops off the board.
    • I didn't think it was a good idea for him to double his rooks on the f file. I think it would have been more effective to pick another file. 
    • You will have to ask Strickland why he chose to exchange queens but I think I would have been able to force queens off the board anyway. For instance, if instead of Qxe3 black played Qd6 I could play Qc5. At this point I'm threatening queen exchange and taking his knight on h5 so queens would have to come off the board. I think if black retreated his queen his position would just become really passive and my queen could attack some of his weak pawns.  
    • I could have done a lot better on 27. Nd4. Ne5 was a lot better because in the game black was able to push his e5 pawn and support his knight on f4.
    • His big mistake was 31. Ne6. I had allowed my knight to get into an annoying pin. If he had played Rfc7 he would have won my knight after pushing his pawn to b4.
    • After the rooks came off the board and I won a second pawn I was fine. With a knight vs knight endgame it is still always trick to maneouver your pieces around.

    So, yeah, I was happy to get the win but as always there was lots to work on in that game.

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    nice annotations. Smile

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