Thursday, November 08, 2007

Annotated loss

I have my first annotated loss from correspondence play. In the game I played well positionally and had a significant positional advantage. I didn't see the right way to properly expand my positional advantage. I have it in the annotations, and I think it's very instructive for me.

The game ended after a major tactical oversight on my part in response to a clever play by my opponent. I've posted the game at


At 4:26 PM, Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Ouch at the end. Your opponent seems to be quite the tactician: that's the kind of combination I'd be not at all embarassed to overlook.

A classic Knight and Q placement from white in the GPA. It seems Nf5 may have been the key missed move. Ng5 then Q up to h file is the pattern to watch out for in the GPA (as I'm sure you know!). When I played the GPA and they shored up against those moves early on (e.g., especially playing h6 in non fiachetto variations from black), I was always at somewhat of a loss as to how to attack. That is why I stopped playing GPA and began playing the Smith-Morra (which I think I have actually used in one game so far).

LOL on your commentary on the queen placement.

At 4:33 PM, Blogger Loomis said...

Another big mistake that I didn't write about in the annotation is that I should take the knight on e4 with my light squared bishop. I couldn't bear to part with the bishop because I thought it was such a good piece. In hindsight, it's worth it to wipe those swarming knights off the board.


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