Sunday, February 13, 2005
My Chess Mistakes, Vol. 1
Some mistakes seem happy to crop up again and again, no matter how many times one might see it. To battle my own beginner tendencies, I began writing down notes. This note still holds true a year later:
"Bishops on the move leave b and g pawns vulnerable, and the c pawn becomes a target if the Queen moves very far."
Pretty simple, huh? Well, I suppose it is. If only I could remember it.
I was Black here:
(Actually black might have a winning or at least drawn position is 22 ...d5)
Not seeing the Qxb7 threat was my mistake. I have been calling this and other similiar glitches "after the move" mistakes. If you want, leave a comment on whether or not White can safely take the b pawn.
6 more problems to do in circle 4 of 81-120.
12. Qxb7 Nc6 13. d4 Nb6 14. Ne5 Bxe5 15. Bxc6 Rb8 16. Qa6 Bxc6 17. dxe5 Qd5 18. f3 Nc4
The psychological punch by not seeing 12 Qxb7 seems to be the biggest problem for black to overcome.
The other line seems to gang up on the Queen quickly in order to get at the b2 Bishop. In case your interested here is the computer dump, which is a bit over my head:
[FEN "rn1q1rk1/1ppb1ppp/4pb2/3n4/8/1Q1P1NP1/PB2PPBP/RN3RK1 w - - 0 12 "]
12.Qxb7 Bc6 13.Qb3 Ba4 14.Qb7 Nc6 15.Nbd2 Be7 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.Qb2+ Bf6 *