Some guy spouting opinions on the Internet (reflaxion) wrote in chess_forum,
Some guy spouting opinions on the Internet

chess_forum tourney: reflaxion vs. bastard, Part 2

reflaxion 0-1 akibathepenguin

bastard apparently deleted his journal, so I guess it's up to me to provide what little analysis I can. It's never been my strong suit though, and I took a bit of a hiatus from chess recently, so feel free to add better commentary.

[Event "Online Chess"]
[Site ""]
[Date "2009.02.06"]
[Round "1"]
[White "reflaxion"]
[Black "akibathepenguin"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "1640"]
[BlackElo "2042"]
[TimeControl "1 in 7 days"]
[Termination "akibathepenguin won by resignation"]

1.d4 f5 2.g3 g6 3.Bg2 Bg7 4.c4 { Trying to seize the queenside } 4...d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.d5 { I think I was trying to prevent Be5 } 6...O-O { At this point I'm sure that this is my opponent trying something new on me } 7.Nf3 c5 8.O-O Na6 9.Rb1 { I don't know why I did this } 9...Bd7 10.a3 { At this point, I think I was better off with b3 to block his bishop } 10...Rc8 11.Bf4 Nc7 12.b4 cxb4 13.axb4 { Breaking up my opponent's pawns a bit and opening some space for myself } 13...Na6 14.Qd3 Ne4 { My opponent seizes the opportunity to launch a nasty combo - again Rb1 comes back to haunt me } 15.Nxe4 { Of course, I take the bait } 15...fxe4 16.Qxe4 Bf5 17.Qe3 Bxb1 18.Qe6+ Kh8 19.Rxb1 Nc7 20.Qh3 { Down the exchange, I decide to focus my efforts on attacking the enemy king } 20...Bf6 { Prevents Ng5 } 21.e4 { Planning e5 } 21...Ne8 22.c5 { Trying to bait the pawn away } 22...Ng7 23.e5 { Attacking the bishop } 23...dxe5 24.Bxe5 { Trying to bait the bishop away } 24...Qe8 25.Re1 Qd8 { Is he daring me to attack? } 26.Re4 { Getting my rook active } 26...Qxd5 27.Qh6 { Planning to follow Qxe4 with Ng5; my opponent pointed out after the game that Ng5 loses to Qe1+ Bf1 Qxf2+ Kxf2 Bxg5+. Scary! } 27...Qg8 { A more defensive approach to Ng5 } 28.Bh3 Rcd8 29.Nh4 { Threatening smothered mate } 29...Qf7 { Suddenly I have to worry about my bishop, as its protection is merely an illusion; freeing the f-file is the first step to my downfall. I considered continuing by trading bishops, but with the threat of Rd1+ also looming and no prospects for breaking through, I resigned. }

I can't really say I expected to win, seeing as bastard is much better than I am, but at least I felt like I put up more of a fight in this game.
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