Well welcome to the stream. This is diagnose your chess, i’m. I am kostya kavitsky. I am one of the coaches on coaches.com. This is a weekly show. I do on chess24, where i basically just analyze, uh games and – and i give people advice and unsolicited opinions on their chess and chess improvement.
Hey what’s up counter sparks um, so we’re, going to be continuing. The viewer game analysis for this week, which means, if you guys, have a game that you want to get analyzed. It could be a tournament game or online game, something that you would like to take a look at.
I think we’ll. Try to keep it a little bit shorter, meaning we won’t, look at the whole game, but maybe we’ll. Look at one critical moment. If you have a question on – or i can briefly go through the game and and try to just pick out one interesting moment that i think could be could be instructive for the stream all right.
So this was a rapid game and i think our student here is playing black. So let’s flip the board – and i didn’t mention this, but i do have a rule. You’re, not allowed to submit games that you won guys so very important.
If you submitted a game that you won, i’m, not going to look at it. There’s got to be games where we lost, or we drew um there’s too many people submit their their brilliancies and that’s. Not what this show is about um.
So dr chainsaw says the interesting thing happened on move 24. Let’s just quickly, go through the game, just to get a sense of what happened. Looks like we’re playing the the modern defense very, very interesting.
Okay, now more of a more of a hippo style, opening all right h3 and we’re. Definitely in big trouble as as black here in this position, but looks like we kind of get out. We get our king safe and let’s.
See c5 here here takes here. Knight f5 queen takes f6. Bishop takes f6, so here’s, move 24 rook takes f5 white one queen e2, and now apparently black is winning. If we just take the bishop, so king king d7 was played, and then queen, e7 and white one this way interesting.
So, okay, dr chainsaw, let me ask you something so when you think about this game, how would you describe the narrative of this game like what happened in this one? How would you explain it like in your mind? Is this game just oh, this is a game where i blundered me at the end, or is there was there more to it? Was there more that happened, because this could be useful in terms of how we think about our own games psychologically and what we can take away from from them? This was a rapid game, 15, 15 plus five yeah, because of course, there’s more to a game than than just what what happens you know at the end, we can all blunder something in in time trouble.
But the interesting thing is to kind of try to analyze what happened. So dr chainsaw says i was being crushed positionally, but made a queen sacrifice and flipped the initiative yeah. That is kind of what happened right.
It’s like white was doing really really well, and then the game uh shifts right when it seems like. Okay white is just like breaking through uh, but here on knight f5 black finds this actually very cool resource.
Queen takes f6, bishop takes f6 rook takes f5 and all of a sudden, the bishop on f6 is hanging and mate on f1 is hanging. So now white is actually scrambling, because black is about to have two rooks for a queen and, materially speaking, that’s.
That’s, definitely uh quite good for the two rooks and the two rooks are just really aiming at this f1 square and white’s. King actually looks in like in huge trouble, yeah guys if you want to submit uh games for a quick review, just whisper to chess dojo live and you can do that by um.
Just clicking clicking on the username there in the twitch chat and you should have the option to to whisper there, um so interesting yeah as soon as the game shifts. Unfortunately, we end up blundering here.
I imagine you’re in time pressure. At this point, because it’s, a rapid game but yeah, let’s. Talk about! Actually let’s. Talk about this opening a little bit! I mean this is one that we really have to be careful here as black, because we often end up down a lot of space and in general i don’t love openings where we’re like not really castling like the king Is on e8 and we’re playing h5 and this to me, it’s, a tough position to play as black, because you’re.
Basically, just waiting for white to open up the center and, like best best case scenario, you castle, queenside, where your king is also not that safe. So in general i typically prefer openings where, like we’re, just getting castled and at least your king is safe and then you know your plan will depend on the position.
Sometimes you play on the king side. Sometimes you play in the queen side. In a lot of openings, you know you play in the center, but the important thing is that you’re, not kind of like handicapping yourself by playing with your king on e8, because it’s, always tough to play, not just because Your king is in the center and if the center opens up, your king is going to be in danger, but also because, by playing with the king in the center, you’re, leaving your rooks disconnected and tactically.
That’s, always going to be a little suspicious. You know because like as soon as the position opens up, not only is your king in the center, but white syrups are going to have a lot more mobility, and so it’s.
Not surprising that white is able to just play like f5 and is already just ready to like break through and in black’s. Position here is already very dire, so my advice would be to think about switching this one up, um to something just like a little bit more just any opening where your king gets castled.
So there’s, a lot of sicilians that can be fun where you castle your king, i mean, basically, you have a wide choice of openings, but i would avoid these like kind of tricky lines where the king stays in the center in general.
We want to get castled and then and then figure out what to do in the middle game from there and as white yeah, normally playing e4 d4. That’s, that’s good, but as black i mean it’s. A little bit tougher because we have to fight against the opponents initiative um, but that would be my main takeaway from this game.
Just seeing it briefly because yeah we, these positions are really really tough to play. When again, we’re, just kind of fighting against the opponent’s initiative, even if occasionally we’re, able to kind of scramble and survive.
Even in this position, like white’s, initiative is seems quite quite serious, so yeah. That would be my my little bit of advice to just try to find a line where at least your king is getting castled and you can still play sharp adventurous openings.
You know like the dragon and the night or if these are still like, really really fun. Openings and you can still put a lot of pressure on the opponent, but you know your king is castled safely and you don ‘
T really have to worry about this yourself, um, okay, dr chainsaw. I hope that helps. Let me check out. Twitch looks like i got a couple whispers here: very cool, very cool, all right next game from counter sparks game.
They lost to national master, very cool, let’s. Take a look paste pgn! Here we go alright. So here we’re playing uh black and the opponent is uh national master, so player rated about 2200. yeah. Absolutely, and let me check in with youtube how’s.
It going youtube all right cool. So here we go e4 knight of six okay, alicon e5 knight d5 knight b6 um, c4. D6. I guess it feels like we would play knight b6 a little bit earlier. I would have played d6 first, but that’s.
Cool uh! I don’t think it really matters c4. D6. So this was a slow game. This was a 60 plus 30.. So this is a classical uh time control game, very cool, so e takes d6 ed6 knight f3. I think white plays a pretty normal.
Opening here should be e3 knight, c6 knight, d2 bishop f6, queen b3. Now we go rick b8. Okay feels a little slow. G4 takes takes g5 bishop b7 castle’s. Queen side wow already looks like white. Just has like a really nice position and it’s up to us to get some counter play so a3986.
Here f6, i’m noticing in this game. Again black did not manage to get castled. I mean this is something that i think, just in general is gonna, probably pay off, but yeah. It looks like we were in serious pressure here, and i mean why just play like a really nice game takes rookie one and and now is it that went kind of fast, but i think we can kind of see like the writing on the wall already here.
After knight d4 a lot of weaknesses in black’s, position and yeah, unfortunately, not enough counter play on the b file. So let’s back it up. Let’s, try to figure out what happened here. I mean it seems like the problem started around around this moment when we play like rick, b8 and white just gets like massive massive space advantage.
What’s? Your experience with the theory in this line counter sparks thanks. Savage muffin, i’m glad you find it instructive uh, because i’m. I’m, not too familiar with these alakin positions, so i can ‘
T tell you. Actually i can ‘ T tell you. I can just look it up myself. I can just look up the theory and tell you where you guys deviated. I mean you know. To be honest, this is usually where i’m.
Looking i mean because to me just first glance, this looks like a game where we got a bad position out of the opening and never managed to um to come back, and the fact that we didn’t come back is not because, like we Didn’t play well, but actually just this position already after 15 moves.
It looks really really difficult for black, because white just has a bunch of space. He has like the king side pawn storm just like ready to happen, and the bishop on e7 is just an extremely restricted piece right, like it’s, doing very very little, so this to me seems like an opening problem, especially given that the the Ratings of the two players you know is like reasonably high, like both players, one player’s, national master uh.
Our student here playing black, i think, is about, like i think, somewhere in the expert range like 2000, 2100 or so um, and so at this level. If you get like a really like passive position out of the opening and your opponent just like follows up and plays natural moves like d5 and h4, i mean you, you have to be like a real magician to like get your way out of this one, and I mean just quickly, judging by the game, it feels like black didn’t, have a lot of chances here, like white.
Just really played this one well um, so counter sparks is saying: maybe a c5 push instead of knight c6 yeah, that’s possible. So, whenever i have a game where it feels like um, i just didn’t even get out of the opening alive, especially with black.
Then usually, i’m just like checking the database and seeing like well um. How did how did players play this opening before me? So let’s, see bishop e3 knight c6 knight d2, and we follow a theory here.
Well, the theory kind of runs out so yeah c5 definitely possible here, and this might be. This might be the engine’s. Choice as well. Oh c5 would be a novelty that would be kind of a cool novelty if you could make that work.
So let’s. Take a look! So let’s, see what happens here after c5. I guess the idea is to put pressure on d4 and play like knight c6. So if white plays white plays d5, then i imagine we’re playing like knight, d7 and bringing this knight to e5, and you’re kind of playing this like a benoni right, where you got your diagonal for the bishop and you Have the e5 square – and the main thing i think black needs to do here – is try to trade off a pair of pieces.
So if you can get bishop takes f3 and then bring your knight to e5 and bring the other knight to d7, i think that would be kind of nice, especially if your bishop gets to f6 um. If white doesn’t play d5, so he plays knight c3.
Then i imagine we’re, just playing knight, c6 and kind of piling on to the pressure on d4 yeah. I mean the alakin it’s, a real tricky opening, because i i always feel like it stands on very shaky ground in terms of whether it’s theoretically viable um, but it’s.
It’s. A very playable opening like it leads to positions where, even if the engine says like white is better, you always have your ideas as black and you usually have chances to create some counter play.
Although definitely isn’t, my my favorite opening now another option i’m seeing is possible – is to give up the bishop on f3 so that’s kind of interesting. Actually, let’s say you wanted to simplify your life and on hd.
You just took here. This is kind of a common idea where you take on f3 and then you just like put pressure on d4 and yeah. The idea is that now your pieces are all like coordinated. Like you’ll castle, you’ll play bishop f6 and you’re just trying to get white to push d5 so that your knight can use one of these squares uh in the center, then the other knight on b6.
Maybe comes back to d7 and then tries to get to the c5 or the e5 square, so this might be actually kind of like a simpler way to play and just quickly, judging by my stockfish here, totally reasonable um.
So maybe this is. This is one worth checking out hey what’s up gary? It’s actually just like a basic logitech webcam, but i’m using like a special feature where it just blurs the background, but it looks seems like a total professional camera, um yeah guys.
If you want to submit games, you’ll have to whisper to chestojo live. I’ll type in the twitch account on the twitch chat. There is a bit of a line. I think there’s. Maybe five six people waiting but feel free to submit games.
I’m trying to go through them somewhat faster than i usually do just to see like one or two interesting moments and um and and just quickly extract some some instructive value from that. It’s, funny gary, just just download nvidia broadcast that’s.
What i’m using it’s very easy nvidia broadcast okay webcam diagnosed next one. It comes from dripman and curious about move 13 for white. Wanted to play a move, but couldn’t make it work turns out. Computer loves it love to know what you think.
You should see before playing knight f5 yeah great question gemini. I i love questions like this because they’re. They’re, so useful, like we often see possible ideas during the game and we don’t know if, if it’s, gonna work or not um and one of the best things you can learn from stronger players Is just understanding like what do you need to calculate and what kind of what do you need to see in advance before making some kind of risky move? So yeah? Let’s, check out this game all right.
Here we go so our student is playing white and they were wondering about the 13th move. So we get open, sicilian here, e6, knight, c3, a6. So time, mono with with a6, oh technically taimanov, is with queen c7 um.
Bishop e3. D5. D5 is a weird move this early, because when y takes takes, black is left with this isolated queen pawn, and this isn’t a particularly good version of it for black. In fact, i would say: white stands pretty comfortable here, because we have full control over the d4 square, so bishop d3 knight f6 castles yeah.
Now we don’t even have to castle queen side. We can just make normal developing moves. H3, castles queen f3 knight to b4 bishop f5. Bishop takes f5, and here is the moment where we have to make a decision.
Aha, either queen takes f5 or nay takes f5, which leaves the c2 pawn undefended. So i’m, going to go ahead and assume that this was the dilemma. If you take with the queen, everything is protected. If you take with the knight it looks active, but you do leave the c2 pawn hanging.
So i’m. Going to try not to look at the engine here and just try to tell you my honest thoughts, um as to what i would think during the game. Let’s! Let’s clear! The arrows okay, cool, so yeah knight takes f5.
Is, of course, the move we want to play, which i think you understand, because this keeps the knight really active and the nine on f5 is this kind of like classic piece. It combines really really well with the queen on the g file hitting g7.
Of course, there is no queen g4 or queen g3 in this position. Um. The problem, of course, is knight takes c2. We we do give up the pawn and then it hits the rook as well, and the question is: can we calculate here to make it work? So knight takes f5 knight takes c2, i mean yeah there’s.
Ideas there’s, lots of there’s, lots of stuff to calculate. Unfortunately, the queen can’t use. The g file because g4 is covered and g3 is covered. My first thought would be a move like bishop g5 or something knight takes a1 and then, like knight, h6 check king h8, but yeah it doesn’t feel super clear knight takes d5 there’s.
Definitely a big initiative there for white, but i wouldn’t. Think yeah. It’s, not like immediately apparent that white should be winning um. So in what was the time control here dripping? Can you can you quickly? Let us know: oh, this is a rapid game, 10 minutes plus 10 seconds, so yeah we don’t have a lot of time to calculate here, so not something that we can’t just like sit in a classical game.
I would just spend like 10 15 minutes in this position calculating and if i found a way to make knight takes f5 work, then i would certainly play it um. So let’s, see if we can find something more convincing knight takes f5 knight takes c2.
Another move we could try is like rook 81 there and black probably takes on e3, and maybe we take with the f pawn, and we say that the pressure on the d file is pretty annoying. I mean that is definitely a possibility.
Um as well. Let’s, see knight f5 knight takes c2. What else can we find knight takes? G7 is always a move, but king takes g7 bishop to d4 doesn’t work right. We have the knight on c2 there still. Maybe again we go.
Bishop g5 knight takes a1, then knight takes d5. Then knight takes g7 takes d5 is a very annoying move as well. There yeah it’s, pretty tough. I i can’t say i would um. I definitely wouldn’t. Just like immediately, you know confidently play knight takes f5 to me.
It looks pretty unclear in a bullet game like i probably play knight takes f5 because i like playing for the initiative, but with a little bit of time to think about it. You know i i can definitely see see the problem here.
Yeah not so easy. Well, all right! Let’s, see let’s, see the solution. So knight takes f5. Let’s, see what happens on. Knight takes c2. Okay. So the engine goes bishop to g5. So we guessed the right move, let’s, say knight takes a1.
This isn’t, given probably because it’s, pretty bad um, but let’s. Try to figure out. Why so knight takes d5 and yeah? When i was thinking about this position, i saw a bishop e5 here and i was like yeah.
It looks very promising, but i’m, not like not like 100 sure um. The engine finds this move rook to d1 and once you see rook to d1 now you start to feel pretty nice about your position because, like the queen on diet is hanging, we have all these threats.
Like 97 check knight takes f6, the queen doesn’t, really have a ton of good squares because we’re about to um. For example, let’s say queen a5. I think we can give the check or just like, take on f6 a bunch of times and then give a check like let’s, say say, check king h8 and then, if we take, for example, this would be one checkmate that we play for Or excuse me, i guess in this position it would be.
It would be criminal not to take with the queen. Sorry about that yeah. You definitely take with the queen. If you get this chance um, this might not be forced, but this this is like an idea that might immediately show up.
I guess, if i saw rook to d1 in my calculation, then i would be like oh yeah. This looks great. Let’s. Let’s just do it like no way black can survive this, and you have to consider also in like a blitz in a rapid game in general, it’s harder for the defender in these kinds of positions because they have to Deal with so many tricks who knows let’s, say black had like an only move here to survive.
It would be very, very difficult to find for for any human being, so there is a sense of value coming from the initiative now in terms of whether you should have seen all this and confidently play knight takes f5.
That’s, a tough call! I mean, i think, a lot of players would play this move just kind of uh on principle like it’s, the active move in the position and they believe in their attack. Um. Let’s, see. I wonder if we can try something else like ricky d1 here this would be a little bit more measured like we’re, not sacrificing as much material it seems like here i mean we have a reasonable amount of initiative.
Let’s, say knight takes e3 and i think you could take either way, but let’s just say: pawn takes something like this. I would feel is also giving white some amount of play because you have the rook on on the d file and black has to deal with this um, but yeah.
Bishop g5 felt like the the critical move, at least to me just because you start setting up this. Pin you get these knight takes d5 ideas and, and that looks pretty dangerous. Let’s, say: for example, after knight takes um a1, we just played rook takes a1, let’s.
Take a look at this position. Let’s. Just say we capture the knight. We only sacrifice the exchange yeah. Then the engine doesn’t really like it. For us, as bishop b4 is possible, maybe bishop e5 is also possible, so it wouldn’t.
Be that good, sometimes in these positions like okay, you just take the knight and you have a ton of compensation here. It’s, not so clear, so you really have to be precise. So i guess, when we’re analyzing with the engine um, what we want to do is get a sense of like how easy was this to to find uh.
And if there’s only like one small series of moves that is suggested by the engine as winning and you have to find like five only moves and then you’re winning, then that’s. Not that’s, not really like a very accurate line, but in some positions you know it’s like every move, wins all of a sudden.
You have three or four different promising continuations and uh. Those are the positions where, like okay, i guess it’s. It’s, not just this one line that the engine finds, but it actually just seems like a strong position so that’s kind of what we’re trying to um determine so let’s, see, oh, So in this position we have knight takes d5 and rogue d1 is also pretty good and on knight c2 yeah.
Basically, you have to find bishop to g5. So this doesn’t really scream out to me as a line that’s like super easy to calculate. So i’m gonna go ahead and let you off the hook for this one, this isn’t, something where, because sometimes you sacrifice some material you sacrifice upon, then you just get this like very, very clear attack right and it’s, like all your ideas are clear and you have multiple options here.
It’s like you have to see bishop g5, you have to find knight takes d5 and then on. Bishop e5, like this, was the most natural line you had to see either rook d1 here or rook e1, which is given by the engine but rookie one isn’t that amazing, because after bishop takes b2, i believe the engine ‘
S. Number one move here is going to be rig. D1 yep, rook d1 is the only move in this position. That gives one an advantage. So you basically have to see this one idea to make it work. Some players would just play knight of five and then once they get here, i mean rick d1 would be an obvious candidate move once you’re at this position, but then, of course, you’re, taking a risk and how much risk You want to take during the game is up to you.
If you believe in the initiative, you believe you should have something, then i i believe in taking the risk, but if it really looks unclear and you’re about to go down a lot of material, then i mean queen takes f5.
Is is a practical decision, especially in blitz and rapid, though in a classical game. I would encourage you to spend a lot of time here and really try to make knight takes f5 work, so i hope that uh was helpful.
I think this is a really interesting example. It’s, always easy to say like after the fact you know, like oh yeah, of course you should see this, and you should just remember that you should always play the best move in every position.
It’s like no during the game. You never know if what you’re seeing is, is accurate, um yeah, it’s like the difficulty, is finding one string of moves and it’s like they’re, not exactly forced, but yeah, really, really Useful example, i would say this one is definitely on the edge some positions it’s like okay, you sacrifice some material and then you get to a position where it ‘
S like you, have multiple good options in those positions. You should always take the plunge and just trust yourself that at the right moment, you ‘ Ll find one of the several good options. But if you’re walking like a very thin tightrope on your way to the wind, then that’s kind of a recipe for disaster very easy to mess it up.
So yeah hope that yeah, i’m glad. That was useful, um. Okay, let’s, jump to another game. So let’s, see next up. I have julio and then i got one from uh, savage muffin and uh dan k. Palumbo. You guys are up next um and then it seems like the line is open.
Assuming i didn’t miss any so if other folks want to submit games, you can submit them by whispering to chestojo live on twitch. I just wrote something in the twitch chat and uh yeah. You can click and whisper um such 17 yeah.
I don’t, see your game um, so you ‘ Ll have to you’ll have to whisper it again. I don’t. I don’t know why, but it just it. Just doesn’t show up for me, but i’ll. I’ll. Try to get you in if you can uh.
If you can submit it, okay, julio, let me download this game so julio. Was there one moment in this game that you had a question on, or am i free to just look through it and and see what i find looks like this was a rated classical game and both players are right.
Around 2100, very cool, strong players. I won’t, be able to just like make stuff up randomly okay. The opening was similar to the one. I did a video on okay cool, let’s check it out. So here julio is playing black and oh, we got a kings, indian yeah yeah.
I know this line all right. Well, let’s. Take a look! I’m, a big king’s, indian guy, so yeah happy to analyze. This one love the king’s, indian, it’s, just such a good opening. Just such a good opening, except against.
Like really strong players, i mean they’re. They’re good at crushing it, but if you’re not like playing against, you know, items and gm’s regularly. It’s like perfect opening um. Oh right, i wanted to see if i got another whisper.
Hmm. No! I’m, not getting it um satch17. Are you sure you’re, whispering it to to chest dojo live. I don’t know why. I see everyone else’s, but yours, doesn’t. Doesn’t show up for me yeah. Maybe if you can whisper it to like another user or someone in the chat, maybe they can help you out or something i’m, not sure i’m, not sure how to make it happen.
Um, okay, but let’s. Um! Let’s. Take a look at this one: bishop e2, so yeah! This is um starts off as an overblock, but then white plays bishop e3. So i think this is known as um the. I think this is like a semi averbach and a lot of times white’s idea uh with this early bishop e2, basically to control the g4 square and and push a quick g4.
So this can be a very aggressive system where white plays like g4 h4 h5 and then like queen d2 and tries to castle queen side. So black has to be really really careful here in general against these lines where y plays for this, like early g4 or like h3g4, and all these positions, i personally have always liked systems with knight a6 and keeping this diagonal open, and the reason for that is, Like well, if white is going to be castling queen side like if this is what the opponent wants, i mean this is what they’re, indicating right.
They want to go g4 h for castle queen sign and checkmate you. Well, then. I think it makes sense to keep the diagonal open and keep your bishop open and not play e5 unless it like really makes sense to do so, and you’re sure you can get counter play.
There are lines in the averbach where black ghost e5 d5 and they’re, absolutely playable, but in general, if white is going to be castling queen side, i want to just keep the position flexible so that if they, you know, play g4 super early, Then we can play a move like c5 and and get this kind of uh benoni position.
I think the way to be a successful kings, indian player is to be willing to play different kinds of structures. That means like bononi structure. That means like the e5 structure. Maybe even throwing in like some benko gambit ideas, if, if you feel like it’s appropriate to play b5 or if you think it’s, going to work like being able to borrow from different openings in the king’S, indian is really important because there’s, so many positions where i think like going into a bononi type of position, is actually the way to go, and already this one, i think, is an interesting way for black to play.
For example, you can go e6 here and your idea is just to counter attack in in the center, and this is not like an easy position for white to play. I mean they’re, getting a lot of space on the king side, but they’re very far away from actually opening a file and checkmating black.
So you can absolutely play this position and play against the white king in the center. Just looking to open the center and getting counter play that way, um actually, mr 17, if you can post an fen code, you can post that in the chat um i could just plug that in so that would just be like one position.
So if you have like one position, you want to ask a question on. That would be an easy way to do. It just have to find the fvn code, and then i’d, be able to load it in on my end and then i can like make moves on it and stuff um so julio.
This is. This is kind of how i like to play. These positions um, i actually, i think i did. I think i did a video on my youtube channel um. I had a game in the world open where i played this move here and it was like a really tricky move and and really really strong.
If i can say that myself, so if you check out my youtube channel and find that game, you can find analysis to this one, because i think this is kind of a cool idea. So this is how i would personally approach the opening.
But let’s. Let’s, go through the game because e5 d5. I think this is absolutely fine. Um a5 now white goes f3 and i’m, not sure. If f3 is really uh needed here. Actually, as white i would imagine g4 is the idea.
I mean this is the whole point of starting with bishop e2 so that you can possibly save a tempo on f3 and you don’t necessarily have to play it. So from white’s, point of view, f3 is kind of a strange move and now, from black’s point of view.
Maybe you could have taken advantage of this one by playing knight h5 here. This is like a very typical idea. In these kinds of positions where we’re just trying to play knight f4, even if it’s, uh, possibly a pawn sacrifice and uh the pawn sacrifice will open up the bishop.
So, especially if white castles queen side and we get knight f4 in and white, takes twice, we open up the bishop, we get tons and tons of compensation on the diagonal. The knight comes to c5 and we get lots of play.
So this might have been one way to kind of take advantage of what white is doing here. The other idea behind this move, of course, is to play f5, which is an important way that black gets counter play in these positions.
So, for example, if white plays like g3, i think you could go just f5 here and and get some reasonable play, and then from here we’re developing like bishop d7 knight a6, queen e7 kind of like normal stuff.
Okay grade 17. yeah. I’ll. I’ll check out your your effingham next um, so yeah, one idea whenever white allows this early knight h5. This is often useful, so knight e6, g4 knight. C5. H4. Now we go h6 that’s kind of interesting.
I would also consider h5 in these positions. I would strongly consider h5. Actually, i think h5 was the move, because if y goes g5, then they’re kind of closing down their attack and you’re. Now you’re safe as black.
I think you can go knight d7 here, maybe 98. Just to keep the bishop open because it’s so hard for white to open anything up here and if they play f4. This is going to be like a terrible decision, because this, the only thing this does is just like it – opens up your bishop on this diagonal and now i would already take black here.
I think you’re. You’re. Doing really really well um and, and you’re, the one actually with the pawn break. You’re, the one that’s, gonna play like f6 and open things up, not to mention you can already like take on c3 take on e4, but that’s, not even not even needed here.
So this is a structure that i think you would be quite okay with um what to do after bishop g5 yeah fair enough, bishop g5 uh seems like a pretty critical response. Usually the move is just to like unpin, so i would try queen e8 and then i guess, if takes takes here.
This is i’m, not sure if this is what you’re worried about, but this is a pawn. You can almost always sacrifice you go king g7 and if they take take, you have this like fantastic dark square. Bishop and your rook is coming to h8, so you’re.
Just you’re doing amazing here. This is just like excellent. For black so like queen e7, you’re just taking over the dark squares for one pawn. It’s like just beautiful compensation. Let’s, see bishop g5.
Queen e8, i mean white doesn’t have to take on f6, but usually that’s. What we’re, worried about, but yeah that’s, that’s a pawn. We’re. Happy to sack queen d2 is probably stronger, something like this um, but then you can just like continue like bishop d7 and these positions, aren’t like a ton of fun.
It does feel like we’re kind of stuck but well. This is why i don’t love playing e5 in these positions, because this is often what happens where it’s like you’re, not quite getting mated, but you. You are definitely feeling squeezed on the king’s side.
So white is stuff, definitely still better here, but you have your chances for counter play. Like a4, you have your like knight, b3 check ideas and c6 and and stuff like that, yeah. So the pawn sack that’s, fine, but this kind of position not exactly the most fun it can be hard for for black to get their their counter play here.
So this is, this is what we want to be careful about. Yeah um but h6 is interesting because uh well, what white should do here is they should play h5 and then you’re, probably forced to go g5 and you don’t get checkmated here, but you do give up the f5 square And so strategically, this is.
This is a big problem for black um, so you’re, not going to lose this position in the next like 15 moves. But what white needs to do is just like bring their knight to g3 and then f5, and then you ‘
Ll probably have to take it. It’ll, be hard to tolerate it. Then white will take e takes f5 and then put their other knight on e4. It’s, just not going to be a fun position. Your bishop on g7 is going to be dead, the whole time yeah.
So this is what white probably should have done, but he goes g5 and now knight h5 takes and bishop f6 beautiful yeah. So this is like a similar uh, similar concept. What we were just looking at where okay, you give this one pawn, but you get bishop f6, and now you’re, like winning all the dark squares on on the king side.
So bishop f2 c6 queen d2 here takes takes d7 yeah. I think you played it uh very reasonably at h5, so knight h5, knight h5 is not bad, but i i get the feeling that you played net h5 because you didn’t want white to take on f4 but uh, as we mentioned earlier.
You actually do want white to take on f4. You know your. You would happily give up this pawn as a king’s indian player, in order to open up your dark squared bishop, especially when white’s. King is on b1.
You see the bishop can actually point at b1. It doesn’t have to, but that’s. How strong the bishop is right. It just points directly at a white’s king. So the right move here was basically just like leaving your knight on on f4 and just like daring white to take it because the knight on f4, i mean it’s, a it’s, a very strong piece right.
It doesn’t. Let white play knight h3 puts pressure on all these squares, so you don’t want to just back it up and and give away your your nice outpost. So something like a3 here, i think, is the way that black should be playing right just playing to to create some weaknesses.
Now it goes b3 i mean, can you imagine if white ever takes on f4? You know they’re. Just you’re just going to play queen e7 back the bishop up. They’re, going to get checkmated in like five moves. Um or you can play a move like b5 here, which is a very typical idea in these kinds of positions where yeah you leave one pawn hanging on f4 and you offer white a second pawn on b5 because, as my friend jesse cry likes to say, on The chest dojo live twitch account pawns are not people right, so it’s all about the pieces, and you’re happily giving up a pawn here just to open up your pieces against the white’s king.
We want our bishop opened up against the b2 pawn and we want our rook opened up on the b file. So this this was the way to to play um because we’re opposite sides castling right, so we’re playing for playing for the initiative here.
So let’s, see what happens so knight h5 yeah kind of unnecessary. Although i mean still, your position is totally fine. Queen a5, i mean b5 looks great. Bishop f1 b4 now seems like black is uh just in total control – hmm, maybe three nice.
It doesn’t. Look like you can take. The knight definitely looks like that: knight is safe, so queen e3 white ignores it knight f4, queen b6. Okay, go for the end game. I feel like i’ve, seen this movie before, where we have like this really nice attack, then all of a sudden we trade queens and then it’s, not so easy black’s.
Position is still really really good. Um, so let’s, see what happened here. This was a 45 45 game, so we might have been approaching time trouble at some point julio. What was the time management like in this game? What point were you in time trouble? So i get this long end game.
Oh no, we just hang the piece yeah, it happens. It happens it’s, a it’s, a shame, very interesting game too. I mean like all the way into the end game, but hopefully you’re, not kicking yourself too much over this.
Unless it happens a lot in which case you should probably think about it. So what was what was the time like at this point? Are you like down to your increment or you still have you still have some time or what what was happening here julio might not be in the chat anymore, okay kind of a bummer, um, well yeah interesting game seems like black, just couldn’t.
Quite break through in time, queen e3 – i mean. Maybe this was the moment to take on g3, so that white’s. Bishop gets distracted and white doesn’t get to trade queens with queen v6 and black can continue.
The attack um, like maybe something like rook c5 here and then like doubling the rooks on the c file and trying to to get in this way. It looks like a fantastic position if uh, if we can just keep the queens on so to me, it was a bit of a shame that we allowed white to trade queens, because now all of a sudden white is not getting checkmated.
Still a really nice end game for black. I think we should win this one um, but let’s. Talk about how to convert this one for a bit see, so we just leave the rook on c2. I mean this is this was good here and and now white’s h pawn is like weak and yeah for some reason we weren’t okay with uh trading, the rooks.
No. I think i would have been fine with that, but we get rick g2 rook, g1, okay. Finally, we trade and yeah, so here we avoid the trade, but this is a tough one, because when we avoid this trade, it’s like we’re, just giving white this big big open file, so it’s like I don’t know, i would have definitely thought about taking, say king takes and now knight c4.
I think we can cover with bishop to e7. So let’s, say let’s. Say we just take here. We got the extra pawn and the king is super active i mean i don’t really see. I don’t really see like how quick white’s.
Counter play is um because we have bishop e7 king g3. We take this one and then our g pawn is just super super strong. So i don’t know. Maybe julio was um, avoiding trades here, a little bit too much because now, like our rook is, is not really active here, and so it’s, not clear.
Why we why we avoided the trade? If anything seems like you make things easier for us, then of course the blunder happened. I mean even here, black’s. Position is still absolutely fine, but what can you do blenders are going to happen? Oh, i see julio yeah, yes on queen e3.
I think we had to be a little bit more careful here, just realizing like right. If i wants to boy gets the chance of course, trading queens is gonna ease up a lot of pressure so trying to stop this one would have been.
I think the way to go but really interesting game. Overall i mean i, i hope i hope people got something out of it: um. Okay, let’s, go to the next game and this one is from savage muffin and i think they were playing black in this game.
Okay, let’s. Take a look – and this is another rapid game. 15 plus 10. 17. You’re fed, i forgot hold on. Let me let me copy it in all right. Let’s, do the fen and then we’ll. Do the game now that we we have it loaded in all right setup position here we go didn’t work.
Let’s, try again apply. Oh there we go okay. This was was this black to move? It looks like a berlin wow. I can’t believe we have a berlin on the show. I think this is our first berlin amazing, all right, sock 17.
So what was the question here? All right? Oh nice, okay, engine, hates your move, ricky! So you played rook d7 engine doesn’t like it, and you’re asking what what to do instead in the position? Okay cool, i mean i should be clear.
I’m, not a! I’m, not a berlin expert, so i’m just approaching this kind of, like you know, basic in-game principles, uh rook d7, i mean definitely looks like a reasonable move. We should note that black cannot castle here, which would be a really good move, probably um, because this came from an opening where the king took on d8.
So this is not available to us. I mean yeah first instinct say like h5 right just to like get this counter play on the h file was this: was this a move you considered and if so, was there something you didn’t like about this move, because it feels very natural To let’s, say just play h5 and and put the question to the g4: pawn open up the rook on h3, probably forcing white to take on e6, so we can kind of get things moving along um, let’s say they, Like take on e6 – and we take, i think we take with the knight here usually, as far as i know, these positions are supposed to be kind of okay for black.
Once we trade off a couple of pieces, um i mean assuming uh, assuming you know, your opening is still fine. Maybe earlier you might have messed up the opening. Again i’m, not like a berlin exer uh expert uh 17 says.
I think i was fixated too much on theory that black is supposed to keep bishops and that king runs to ca. Oh interesting, well, yeah i mean that’s. The thing we have to be careful when we study theory it’s like just because you play one line in a certain way.
Doesn’t mean that that’s, always going to be the plan you follow up on. You got to be really careful now in these positions in berlin’s a lot of times. You can rely on like typical plans and that’s. What you’re trying to do so.
It’s, good that you have a plan um, but you don’t want to be too mechanical about it. You still want to rely on like um general chess principles, which is like you know, just playing for counter play and and trying to create threats, um and things of that nature.
I mean it. Doesn’t really feel like. We have a way to keep the light squared bishop i mean you could play a move like bishop d5 or something, but you’re gonna get hit with c4 and bishop d5 always allows white to get the knight to f5 and get some
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