This post marks the return of chess game analysis! I used to do this, a LONG time ago on my site when I was running Joomla as my CMS. Then I switched to WordPress, and didn’t have a cool plug-in to post my games anymore, then I quit playing chess on a regular basis and the every other week chess game analysis article disappeared from my site. But it’s back now, and it’s about time.
The goal of this article is not so much to show off a brilliant game, which this is not, or to wax eloquently about strategy, or position, or other such high commentary. No, this is designed to let me pontificate about my in-game thoughts as an amateur chess player. I run my games, wins and losses, through strong chess engines to see where mistakes were made, where better moves could have been played, and where games turn to wins or losses depending on the moves made. I then look at the comments from the engine and try to remember what I was thinking when I made the move. It is these thoughts that I present in my articles.
On to today’s game. This was a standard rated game, thirty minutes for each player, played on the Free Internet Chess Server, my favorite place to play since I can use my favorite interface, BabasChess, to play games. Yes, it hasn’t been updated, to my knowledge, since 2007, but it still works great, even running under Windows 10. My opponent’s ELO was roughly 150+ points higher than mine (Many times I have reflected on the cruelty of this transparency. I hate the fact that I can see my opponent’s ELO – it makes me nervous and hesitant to play some opponents, but if I met them face to face over a chess board, I would sit right down and play, blissfully unaware of their ELO), so I started cautiously, as you will see. I am playing the black pieces in this game. Click on the first move to see the chessboard navigation window. You can then move through the game with my commentary. You can also click on any move to skip to that stage of the game.
Some general notes on the game. My opponent did not effectively utilize all of his pieces. The knight on c3, the bishop on d3, and the rook on a1 were not used in meaningful ways (the bishop did finally eliminate a threat to the king at move 35) and may as well have not been on the board. The rook on a1 never moved. The only useful thing it did was protect the other rook when it moved back to h1 (the blunder).
I’ll admit that I do not have a clear understanding of the nature of the blunder, other than the fact that the rook could not participate in helping the queen protect the king. I’ll keep looking at that, but if you have an insight, please, put it in the comments.
And yes, I missed a mate in 1. Shame on me. Again, tunnel vision. I had been tiptoeing around the white pieces and when I looked for a safe square that also put the king in check, I saw d2 first and stopped processing possibilities. At least I kept my head together and finished with the point. I was a piece down and starting to fear that my attack had fizzled like a North Korean missile.
I’m no master, I just enjoy playing chess.
I hope you liked this glimpse into my frantic chess mind. I plan to post more games in the future, assuming I continue to play on a regular basis.