Sunday, May 28, 2006

FICS Round 6

Here's one key moment in my game today. A moment that highlights my biggest chess problem (lack of a plan):

I'm black and its my move.....

What would you play and why?


sciurus said...

Your rook rules the d-file. Therefore I would suggest 1. ... Rd2 and then 2. ... Rad1 to double rooks and then may be move a N to e4 to provoke some exchanges which may make invading white's territory with the rooks easier. Something like 3. ... Nce4 4. Nxe4 Bxe4 etc. My main problem is that I have a hard time to predict white's responses to the first two moves, but I don't see much he could do against you doubling rooks.
Disclaimer: My plans usually turn out to loose material for me, but I enjoy making them anyway :-)

DreadPirateJosh said...

lol sciurus, mine too.
My thinking was the same as yours and I played Rd2 but he played the very strong e4. According to Fritz I went from ahead by 1.80 pawns to strictly even.

Afterwards I saw that Qc6 would be strong because it would open weaknesses and then follow it up with b4 (because the knight has to go back to the first rank and then a5 with the threat of Ba6 and the skewer). Of course thats AFTERWARD and even then Fritz says that b4 first is better.... oh well, I'm just wondering if there was something I missed in the position that should've said "Don't let white get in e4 or else..."

(I did end up winning the game though)

Gambitz said...

I would play b4, gaining space and pushing white's Knight to a backward position. I would then follow up with a5 which prepares Ba6 skewering queen and Rook. Then after the queen is forced to move, I would double my rooks on the d-file.

sciurus said...

Seems that I was not so far off with suggesting something with e4. Unfortunately, white moving his pawn to e4 seems to be really strong so it works much better for him: Before white playing e4, it was a weak square for him but after he occupies it with the pawn, it is defended by 3 pieces (before that, only the N and the B point to e4 because the Q is blocked by the pawn).
I like Gambitz' idea with the skewer, too. It is easily preventable if white predicts the move but at least keeps white under pressure.

The Christopher said...

While the file looks good to take it doesn't get you much as it is heavily guarded. After 1...Rd7 2. e4 Rd8 3. Bg5, you can gain anything but trades. He can always play 4. Rxd7 Rxd7 5. Rd1.

I also like b4, but the position is rather boring regardless.

Jim said...

Ok. . .the first thing that strikes me about the position is the Bishop on c1. White has 3 problems : Piece activity (his Knights aren't hitting the center all that well), unconnected Rooks and a Bishop that doesn't have a good place to go.

Based on this, I decided that controlling e4 was the best strategy. If the e pawn can't advance, the Bishop has a hard time coming out, keeping White with his problems.

To me, Qc6 is best. It also threatens the immediate mate, forcing White to weaken his pawns in ront of the King.

Now I'll go see what Shredder says. . .

BlunderProne said...

I am not that great in with positional analysis either... but I have trying to force myself to ask WWJD? [ What would Jeremy (Silman) do?]

e4 is HOT... White has the bishop pair but his pawn on e3...its bad. You have active Knights and a good bishop on a strong diagonal. ( also control of the open d-file)

Preventing that is a worthy cause. b4 removes one of the guards... I almost like the thought of occupying it with either knight and force him to advance the f pawn. This now makes the e-pawn backward and losens his king side.

but take my advice with extreme caution.

Qaundoman said...

I would play b4, with the idea of Bd5 and then Qb7. b4 pushes the knight away from being able to capture on d5 when you put your bishop there. And Bd5 is an obvious setup for Qb7, yeilding a battery against g2.

Tom Chivers said...

Re: I'm just wondering if there was something I missed in the position that should've said "Don't let white get in e4 or else..."

The answer is yes - white has the two bishops but it's hard to attack with them with e3-e4(-e5).

Also why would you *not* take over a central square and key diaganol when you had the opportunity? Why would you *not* force the Nc3 to a passive square?

I think your fault here is to see b4 w Ne4 or whatever as a 'negative' try to stop e3-e4. In fact it positively improves your position anyhow.