Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Another won game, another draw ...

I played my club game tonight and as usual, played the Scotch ....

The game went like this ...

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. d4 exd4
4. Nxd4 Bc5 (correct so far)
5. Be3 d6? (not so sure about this for Black - leads to trebled pawns!)

6. Nxc6 bxc6
7. Bxc5 dxc5
8. Qxd8 Kxd8

Now - surely White's in the driving seat? - A won game no doubt. Black can no longer castle and has trebled pawns. On the contrary, White can castle after developing the Bishop ...

I thought it was really a case of getting castled in this position, therefore I planned to develop the Bishop to c4 and if he developed his to e6 then I wanted to exchange them off, hopefully creating an isolated pawn in the process. The game went

9. Bc4 Ke7 (I thought this was too ambitious - king in the middle of the board etc.)
10. Nc3 Nf6
11. O-O Be6
12. Bxe6 Kxe6
13. Na4

13. .. Nd7
14. f4 Rb8
15. b3 c4 (a good move allowing exchange of pawn - On capture Rook is destined for b4)
16. Rd1 cb
17. cb Rd8
18. e5 Ke7
19. Re1 Nb6

Black offered a draw in this position and I begrudgingly accepted knowing that I'd missed an ideal opportunity to play an earlier pawn to c4 - immediately stopping the trebled pawns in their tracks ...

Here's the position I should have reached on 9.c4 (will continue analysis on this position tomorrow!)

Look forward to comments .... ! (over to you Steve ... )

More tomorrow ...


Stephen Milford said...

Have only had a brief read through of the moves, but I ws surprised to see you castle K-side.

I'd need a board in front of me to go into it in any depth, but 9. Nc3followed by 10.0-0-0 (with a possible time-gaining check) seems a bit more logical to me - partly as the rook grabs the open file, and partly (perhaps more importantly) because the king is closer to the centre and therefore closer to gobbling those pawns should the pieces come off.

One line I like the thought of (and again I'd need a board to check, so please excuse any obvious blunders) is....

9. Nc3 Nf6
10. 0-0-0+ Ke7
11. h3!? - with the idea being to deprive black of the g4 square and preparing a g4 and f4 push.

12. f4 Rad8
13. Be2

When I think white has an advantage due to the pawn structure and precarious placement of the black bishop.

What do you think?

Keith R said...

So far I have looked at 9.Nc3 Be6 (instead of Nf6) with the intention of Black to push the pawn onto c4 ... This Black pawn I think, could prove to be a complete liability for White restricting the White Bishop's scope.. ? (But thinking about this the White Bishop could be developed comfortable on g2 eyeing the c6 pawn.

I'll continue looking ...

aaron_b said...

Unluky dad.