-Yoella de Valeur- (yoella) wrote in chess_forum,
-Yoella de Valeur-

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I've been seriously studying chess for about 2 years now, and it's just finally starting to pay off. I played this game on Facebook, and while it wasn't particularly stunning, nor did I beat a better player than me, it was the first time I felt completely in control of the game; I had a plan, I followed through, and it worked out. I don't think I made any real mistakes.

White: 1437 on Facebook's Chess.com app
Black: Me; 1626

1. Nf3 Nf6
2. b3 g6
3. Bb2 Bg7
4. e3 c5

the standard move here is probably 4 ...d5 but it leads to kind of mirror-ish games and closed positions which I don't like. I like the Sicilian though, so I thought 4 ...c5 would give some sharp lines

5. d4 probably a mistake. his pieces just don't get on to nice squares after this
5. ... cxd4
6. Nxd4 Nc6
7. Nd2 O-O
8. Bd3 here I thought a while. I figured he would castle short, and saw that his light bishop was on a bad diagonal, so I wanted to restrict it, as well as kick out the knight. I knew ... e7-e5 would come at some point, and wanted to protect the square
8. ... Qc7!

a move i normally wouldn't play, but I've been trying to develop my strategy and long term thinking more

9. O-O a6 taking away b5 for his knight as well as restricting his bishop
10. c4 e5
11. Nxc6 I really was kind of hoping he'd play this. it helps me by strengthening my center. he probably should have just moved his knight away
11. ... bxc6
12. Ne4 I have no clue why he played this
12. ... d5
13. Nxf6+ Bxf6
14. cxd5 cxd5

here I knew I had a far superior position. my center is very strong, I control which diagonal opens and when, and both my bishops will enjoy more activity than his

15. Rc1 let him have the open file. it doesn't do anything. I control all the squares along it on my side of the board. attacking my queen just lets me move it to a better square
15. ... Qd6
16. Be2 Bb7
17. f4 so he bites at my center a bit, but at the cost of his king's safety. now i get to play:
17. ... d4! opening my light bishop up, and now it becomes a monster. at the very least I'm getting a passed pawn to play with out of this deal
18. fxe5 futile at best, and a big mistake at worst
18. ... Bxe5 now I think he realized the trouble he was in
19. g3

now I have a game winning move. can you see it??
19. ... Bxg3!

20. Qxd4 Bxh2+
21. Kf2 Qg3#

I don't think he made any glaring blunders, besides panicking at the end. His mistakes were more in trading pieces at inopportune times. The difference between a 1300 player and a 1600 player is a sense of when to make trades and when not to.

Any feed back from stronger players than I would be very welcome :D
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