Today was a semi-bad day for winning, I lost two games in a row, but they were to 800+ players so I do feel so bad. Let’s go through and analyze my failure to see what really went wrong.
Let’s go move by move and see how I deviated from the norm and where I made some tactical and precision errors. Again, my precision errors are really costing me my rating. I should realistically have made it to 800 by now, or been very close.
I played Bb5 directly, which Ryabka gives +3 to this move, but suggests Nc3 or Bc4. In this case I think Bc4 would have been better. Bc4 pins the pawn to the knight and puts blacks king in danger enough to force him to take a precautionary move. In this case Bb5 only endangers the knight and at best in an exchange and messing up his pawn structure.
Here he takes the knight/bishop exchange, I was hoping he’d play a6 but instead he took the bishop. I am not sure I like this play at all, he went for the exchange but is it really worth it in the end? I didn’t play well enough the rest of the game to find out.
Here I played d4!? which was just stupid and imprecise. d3 would have been a better move if I wanted that pawn forward, which would have prevented .. Nxe4. Ryabka says Castling at this point is the best option, otherwise Nc3. I am inclined to say that Nc3 would be the best followed by 0-0.
Qd3 is a pointless move at this point. It isn’t just pointless, it’s -91 according to Ryabka, which recommends 0-0 as the best of a bad situation with -15. Nxe5 is another option, but still shitty. Black then plays F5 – Maybe we are on the same page skill wise – his best move according to Ryabka is Qf6 or Be6. Ng3 is a good sacrifice to break open the pawn structure to make Kingside castle useless.
In this case I actually played the best move for the situation, the best out of the worst. My opponent played Bb4+? a little premature I think, but he was feeling the pressure, especially after Nxe5. It’s just too easy to block. Bd7? or Ryabka says play h6 as the best move. Bb4+ is worth some points, about 25 so it’s not a bad move…
I am not sure I won out here, he is clearly a bishop ahead and I am 1 pawn ahead. He castles.
Then I castle. I really should have taken his bishop at this point instead of castling. If I had taken it with my Queen there would be a nasty threat looming just after he castled.
Here is the totally epic blunder on my part. I was so focused on the kingside and keeping pressure there, I forgot about the bishop and there goes the queen. From this point on the game was all downhill.
From there on out I am pretty screwed, Ryabka says play f3, which was better than my bishop move. All in all it was a very instructive game, if for nothing else that to show yet again that I need to be paying attention to open lines and critical squares. This was a textbook failure on my part.