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nwadvana ♡ 62 ( +1 | -1 )
Need Analysis Hi all, this is a game, i played OTB, (i hope i havent broken the normal format for analysis). Against a advanced 1980 rated player. I had an advantage, yet my opponent managed to squeeze a draw. I dont see where i could of stopped it..

Heres the game..
[White "Naren"]
[Black "Stanley"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Bb5 Bc5
5. Nxe5 Nxe5
6. d4 a6
7. dxe5 axb5
8. exf6 Qxf6
9. O-O c6
10. e5 Qg6
11. Re1 Bb4
12. Qd3 Qe6
13. a3 Ne7
14. f4 Qc4
15. Be3 Ra5
16. Rad1 Ra6
17. Ne4 Qxd3
18. Rxd3 O-O
19. Nd6 Bh4
20. Rc1 Ra4
21. Nxc8 Rxc8
22. Rxd7 Re4
23. Bb6 Rxf4
24. g3 Rg4
25. Rf1 b4
26. Rfxf7 bxa3
27. bxa3 h5
28. Rxb7 Re8
29. Kf2 Bd8
30. Nxd8 Rxd8
31. Rfd7 Rxd7
32. Rxd7 Rc4
33. e6 Rxc2+
34. Ke1 Kf8
35. Rf7+ Ke8
36. Rxg7 Rxh2
37. Rc7 Ra2
38. Rxc6 Rxa3
39. Rc5 Ke7
40. Rxh5 Kxe6
41. Rh6+ Kf7
42. Kf2 Ra5
43. g4 Ra4
44. Kg3 Rb4
45. g5 Ra4
46. Rf6+ Kg7
47. Rf4 Rxf4
48. Kxf4 Kg8
49. Ke4 Kg7
50. Ke5 Kg6
51. Kf4 Kh7
52. Kf5 Kg7
53. g6 Kg8
54. Kf6 Kf8
55. g7+ Kg8
56. Kg6 1/2-1/2

pawnraider ♡ 57 ( +1 | -1 )
try 20.g3 instead of 20.Rc1 Assuming you are White: 20.g3 Be7 {...Bd8 21.Nxc8) 21.Nxc8 Rc8 22.Rxd7 (forks the B and the b7 pawn.) 22...Kf8 23.Rxb7 Rd8 24.c3 (prevents ...b4)
Now what? 24...f6 25.exf6 Bf6 26.Bc5+ Kg8 27.Be7 Be7 28.Ree7 and white wins
other moves at 24. do not stop Kf2, e2, Rd1 and if Rxd1 Kxd1, then Ra7 swapping the second rook. avoiding the ...Rxd1 loses (e.g. 24....h6, 25.Kf2 g6 26.Ke2 h5 27.Rd1 Rc8 28.Rdd7 {28...Re8 drops a peice to 29. Rxe7 Rxe7 30.Bc5} 28...Bd8 29.Rxf7+ Ke8 30.Rh7 intending Rbg7, Bc5 and Rh8 mate.) so...24....h6 25.Kf2 g6 26.Ke2 h5 27.Rd1 Rxd1 28.Kxd1 and the two extra pawns are more important than the bad bishop.
Another Black try after 20.g3 Be7 21.Nxc8 Rxc8 22.Rxd7 Bf8 23.Rxb7 b4 24. axb Ra2 25.Bc5 Rxb2 26.Bxf8 Kf8 27.Rxf7+ Ke8 28.Rxg7 Kf8 29.Rxh7 Kg8 30 Rhc7 wins.
atrifix ♡ 324 ( +1 | -1 )
Analysis 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bb5 Bc5
Not particularly good. 4... Bb4 and 4... Nd4 are to be recommended.

5. Nxe5! Nxe5
White also maintains some advantage after 5... 0-0 6. Nf3.

6. d4 a6
Black should just play 6... Bd6 7. dxe5 Bxe5, when White stands just a little better.

7. dxe5 axb5 8. exf6 Qxf6 9. 0-0 c6 10. e5 Qg6?!
10... Qf5! is substantially better, keeping the rook at bay.

11. Re1 Bb4?!
This is just bad. Black should just play 11... 0-0, answering 12. Ne4 with 12... d6 and gambiting the d-pawn.

12. Qd3? Qe6?
A miscalculation. Better would have been 12. Qd4, as after 12... Qxd3! 13. cxd3 d5! 14. exd6+ Be6 15. Bf4 Kd7 the ending is drawn, but Black would have the only chances to win due to his bishop pair.

13. a3 Be7?
Black had to try 13... d5!?, or at the absolute least 13... Bxc3. After the text Black's dark squares are critically weak.

14. f4?
There's really no point to the text; much better is 14. Ne4 when 14... Qxe5 fails to 15. Nd6+. White threatens, among others, 15. Nd6+, 15. Ng5, 15. Bg5, etc.

14... Qc4? 15. Be3?
Completely overlooking the main character of the position: black's weak d6 square. Black should have played 14... d5, which is really his only move, and white should have just played the simple 15. Qxc4 bxc4 16. Ne4.

15... Ra5?
Again 15... Qxd3 16. cxd3 d5 or 15... d5 was called for. I still can't figure out what the point of the text move was.

16. Rad1
This move (finally) seizes on Black's d6 square, preventing ...d5.

16... Ra6
One might ask Black if he's forgotten how Rooks move.

17. Ne4 Qxd3 18. Rxd3 0-0 19. Nd6
It's hard to criticize this, but 19. Bc5 was probably better, when white wins the d-pawn after 19... Bxc5 20. Nxc5. Black can still organize some resistance with b6, c5, and Bb7.

19... Bh4?
19... Bxd6 was forced. If White played correctly, Black would lose, but he still had some long-term opportunities for counterplay.

20. Rc1
The rooks is better placed on d1, so 20. Red1 is probably better.

20... Ra4 21. Nxc8 Rxc8 22. Rxd7?!
The beginning of the end. White begins to play inaccurately; although he should still win 22. g3 Be7 23. Rxd7 is better, as then ...Re4 can be answered by Kf2.

22... Re4! 23. Bb6 Rxf4 24. g3 Rg4 25. Rf1?
This rook should have gone to d1 on move 20. Now the move fails for the relatively simple tactic 25... Re8! 26. Rfxf7 Rxe5 with ...Bf6 to follow, when Black should draw.

25... b4??
If he didn't spot 25... Re8, he should have at least done something about his f-pawn. 25... f6 would have been at least reasonably acceptable.

26. Rfxf7 bxa3 27. bxa3 h5 28. Rxb7 Re8
White is easily winning.

29. Kf2 Bd8 30. Bxd8 Rxd8 31. Rfd7??
A bad mistake. White can avoid perpetual checks without removing his rooks from their nice positions. 31. Kf3 would have done quite well, 31... Rd2 being met by 32. e6 Rxc2 33. Rb8+ Kh7 34. e7 and a quick win.

31... Rxd7 32. Rxd7
The pressure is greatly released. Black should still lose, but this remains to be demonstrated and is not particularly easy anymore.

32... Rc4 33. e6 Rxc2+ 34. Ke1??
Simply inexplicable. Black has an easy draw after this. Either 34. Ke3 or 34. Kf3 were obligatory. White would probably win with best play, but if White was sketchy on rook ending theory Black could put up a lot of resistance.

34... Kf8 35. Rf7+ Ke8 36. Rxg7 Rxh2 37. Rc7 Ra2 38. Rxc6 Rxa3 39. Rc5 Ke7 40. Rxh5 Kxe6
40... Rxg3 41. Re5 Rg6 was faster, but the game could be stopped here anyhow. Black has no particularly difficulty setting up a Philidor position.

41. Rh6+ Kf7
Again, there was really no reason not to play 41... Kf5, which draws faster, but Black heads for a de facto book draw.

42. Kf2 Ra5 43. g4 Ra4 44. Kg3 Rb4 45. g5 Ra4 46. Rf6+ Kg7 47. Rf4 Rxf4 48. Kxf4 Kg8 49. Ke4 Kg7 50. Ke5 Kg6 51. Kf5 Kg7 53. g6 Kg8 54. Kf6 Kf8 55. g7+ Kg8 56. Kg6 1/2-1/2.
zdrak ♡ 53 ( +1 | -1 )
As for the opening, I would like to argue with the comment that 4...Bc5 is not so good. This move was the favourite of Morphy, and he won with it (among the rest) a famous game vs. Paulsen.

In fact, 4...Bc5 is one of the best weapons of a black player who doesn't wish to satisfy himself with a drawish position in the Four Knights opening, and wishes to play for a win - of course not without risks.

5.Nxe5 hardly deserves an exclamation mark. It's not a bad move, but the simple 5.0-0 is considered even better (and is played more often by top-level players!)

nwadvana ♡ 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Thanks for all this analysis, It seems the win was quite logical, Move 21. Nxc8 was not very good, The d6 Knight was quite active, And the bishop on c8 was useless doing nothing, blocked in by its own pawns. And i think it would of stayed that way for a while. But i was greedy for the d7 pawn :-).