Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Testing liquid egg product's product

Thanks to Liquid Egg Product for telling us his hack into Chesspublisher's code so you can scroll the annotations on the right. Hopefully it works.

I don't think I handled this ungodly opening (white played 1. b4, I was black) all that well, but I definitely blew it in the middlegame. This was a tough loss largely due to positional blunders that set up tactical opportunities for my opponent. I totally blew it at one point as described in the annotations.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah! The Sokolsky. One of those nasty irregular type openings. I think one of the better ideas is to get your Queenside pieces developed after 1...d5 and 2...Nf6 (like you did) and then developing your Queen's Bishop to g4 (doesn't necesarilly have to attack a piece) or f5 and then your Queen's Knight to d7. It's pretty much applyable against every second White book move after 1.b4, which aren't that many.

11/28/2007 01:46:00 AM  
Blogger Temposchlucker said...

1.b4 the Sokolsky or better known as the Oran Utan. In blitz I play the moves 1.b4 c6 2.Bb2 Qb6 3.a3 a5 with crazy play. In slow games making solid moves is usually enough. It is not too dangerous as long as you don't underestimate it.

11/28/2007 06:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

committing the queen so early looks like a bad idea. And developing the queens' knight so late looks suspicious. I would have kept kingside/queenside castling options open.

11/28/2007 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job breaking down the game. White's play is something you look at, and you just know it's suspicious and there's a way to take advantage of it. It's frustrating not to be able to do it OTB.

Glad to see the code worked.

11/28/2007 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Chessaholic said...

these are the kind of games you learn more from than from a pretty win.

did you look at 14...e4 forking bishop and knight?

11/28/2007 03:22:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Chessaholic: I considered it but it leaves my rook hanging. Indeed, I looked at Rf8 as solving that problem and helping support my Kingside as well. He saw it and moved his B out of the way next move.

11/28/2007 03:27:00 PM  
Blogger Polly said...

I have to go read LEP's post on hacking the code. That was so much easier to follow your notes.

I can relate to that "rejecting a move earlier, and playing it later" thing. I don't even want to think about how many games I've lost because I've played a move that I already determined sucked, and played any way.

When I see crazy openings like that I just try to develop normally, but at times there's an overwhelming desire to try to punish such silliness.

11/28/2007 05:33:00 PM  
Blogger Chessaholic said...

BDK: I was thinking of an exchange sacrifice, something like 14...e4 15.BxR exf3 16.Qxf3 Bxg5 opening up the position somewhat and making your dark squared bishop a little more active. The more I think about it, the less I like this line though since black doesn’t get much compensation.

11/28/2007 08:08:00 PM  
Blogger likesforests said...

This is the Polish Opening, but there are a gazillion other names.

Here's the mainline:

1.b4 e5 - e5 begins to control the center and attacks White's b-pawn.

2.Bb2 Bxb4!? - White counter-attacks, and Black allows the swap!?

3.Bxe5 Nf6 - White won a central pawn for a wing pawn, but he's lagging in development. Black has a reasonable middlegame to look forward to.

11/28/2007 11:27:00 PM  
Blogger likesforests said...

A few thoughts on your game:

Why 3.Qd6? I guess I don't see what useful role your queen serves on that square. I would probably play a line like 3.Bg4 Be3 4.e6 and Black looks safe and fine.

5...c6 seems like a wasted tempo. d5 was under no immediate attack, and avoiding c6 gives you the option of playing c5 later on.

11...f5 - aggressive moves are fun, but why not simply remove the h6 pawn that's such a thorn in your (king)side? 11...h6 gxh6 12.Rxh6 and his kingside plans are over.

17...Rg8 - Your pawn structure look much nicer after 17...fxe3 18.fxe3 e4 than after 18.exf4 exf4.

20...b6 - Notice your rook and bishop are attacking his g-pawn, but only his knight is defending. So 20...Be4 21.Rg1 Bxf3 22.Bxf3 Rxg5 23.Rxg5 Bxg5 you're up a pawn and you've traded off a couple pieces.

11/29/2007 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Likeforests: thanks for the comments. I was following Andrew Martin's suggestion with the Qd6 line. The line makes more sense when white plays Bb2, but it is still playable with 2 Nf3. I knew about the main line but I don't like it: I don't like giving up a central pawn and getting just the b pawn in return. The queen attacks the b pawn, and prepares for d5 and a nice pawn center. Pretty much any opening line that lets me play my two central pawns I will tend to like.

The other comments provide quite useful diagnoses...esp move 20.

11/29/2007 02:44:00 AM  
Blogger Sicilian Dragon said...

I am planning to write a blog about my games.
Can you please tell me how to display my games in pgn format in my blog?

12/01/2007 05:24:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

Rajesh: just click on the link the PGN shown in this post and it will bring you to the page that has the utility. Use ver 2.0, and if you want Liquid Egg Product's hack which is on his page. You have to register at Chess Publisher, and then just cut and paste your PGN and it makes the code to insert to show the game on your blog.

You have to remove all the headers (all the stuff in brackets before the first move [Tournament: xyz White: xyz etc).

It's a little inconsistent but good once it's working.

12/01/2007 05:56:00 PM  
Blogger Sicilian Dragon said...

Thanks for the advice.
It doesn't seem to be you are chess novice.
Why the name??

12/01/2007 10:02:00 PM  
Blogger Blue Devil Knight said...

LOL. Look at my blog highlites. When I started I was rated under 1000 at ICC. I'm still just a patzer!

12/02/2007 12:57:00 AM  

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