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Old 03-17-2020, 11:13 AM
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I more or less don't have an option that doesn't lose my queen at this point do I?
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Old 03-18-2020, 02:28 AM
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I more or less don't have an option that doesn't lose my queen at this point do I?
Well your King and Queen are in some danger, but you'd have to blunder to lose your Queen.

After 26. ... Qxa6 27. Nxb4, I would expect either 27. ...Qa4 or 27. ...Qb7.

27. ...Qa3? allows 28. Nc6 (dodgy for Black.)

27. ...Qb6?? allows 28. c5! as analysed above.
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Old 03-18-2020, 09:15 AM
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Well your King and Queen are in some danger, but you'd have to blunder to lose your Queen.

After 26. ... Qxa6 27. Nxb4, I would expect either 27. ...Qa4 or 27. ...Qb7.

27. ...Qa3? allows 28. Nc6 (dodgy for Black.)

27. ...Qb6?? allows 28. c5! as analysed above.
Hmm, maybe I'm overthinking.

Ok. Back to it.
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Old 03-24-2020, 09:23 AM
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Sorry for the long delay, have been rather distracted by the coronavirus taking playing havok with my business.
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Old 03-28-2020, 03:23 PM
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No worries - just glad you're OK!
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Old 03-30-2020, 06:53 AM
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Having looked again at the position, I think White has a crushing attack.

White threatens 29. c6 Q moves 30. Qa6+ Qxa6 31. Nxa6 and 32. Rb8 mate.

(Alternatively 29. c6 Q moves 30. d7+ wins a Rook.)

This shows how quickly a game can change. A few moves ago Black was holding the position and preparing ... g6.
Once White could play b4, Black's position fell apart.
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Old 03-30-2020, 08:22 AM
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Having looked again at the position, I think White has a crushing attack.

White threatens 29. c6 Q moves 30. Qa6+ Qxa6 31. Nxa6 and 32. Rb8 mate.

(Alternatively 29. c6 Q moves 30. d7+ wins a Rook.)

This shows how quickly a game can change. A few moves ago Black was holding the position and preparing ... g6.
Once White could play b4, Black's position fell apart.
To that end, I saw that b4 would be my undoing several moves before it happened (I think I even posted about it), but seemed helpless to stop it. Looking back, was there anything I could have done differently or was it already a foregone conclusion by the time I spotted it? If it was inevitable...what do I take away from that?
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Old 03-30-2020, 03:38 PM
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To that end, I saw that b4 would be my undoing several moves before it happened (I think I even posted about it), but seemed helpless to stop it. Looking back, was there anything I could have done differently or was it already a foregone conclusion by the time I spotted it? If it was inevitable...what do I take away from that?
If you saw a threat in advance, you should be pleased with yourself.

I think it was an interesting game, where I chose a closed variation and you swiftly exchanged one of my best pieces.
It took a while, but my experience guided me to put my pieces on good squares (especially the knight on d3 ) and that meant I got ahead in the race to open up the opposing King.

I trust that seeing an experienced player in action was instructive.
Do have a look at all my spoiler comments.

If you like, I can put the game through a computer to assess the situation at each move...
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Old 04-06-2020, 05:39 AM
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As a third party, I'd certainly be interested in any analysis of what Black might have done differently to avoid the situation that ultimately occurred. In particular, I wonder if castling on the kingside (i.e. the same side as White) might have helped, given White had a slight lead in activating pieces? But that white pawn on h5 was always going to be a worry in that case.
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Old 04-08-2020, 10:27 AM
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I hope NAF is OK - I've sent him a message.

It would be good to actually finish this game.
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Old 04-08-2020, 10:46 AM
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I thought your post #106 amounted to a declaration of victory, and NAF's reply in post #107 acknowledged that - I had a look myself and was going to suggest Qe4 as Black's best try (relatively), but rather than exchanging queens White can simply proceed with his attack which will mate in a few moves.

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Old 04-08-2020, 05:37 PM
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Hey, sorry for the long delay. Real life got tricky.

I agree that Qe4 is the best move I see. But it's also mate in just a few moves I'm pretty sure.

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Old 04-09-2020, 10:50 AM
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Yes, you're both correct - it's a forced mate after Qe4. (N.B. I didn't see anything better.)

After Qa6+

a) ... Kb8
Nc6++ and Qxa7 mate

b) ... Kd7
Qxa7+ and mate on c7 or e7

c) ... Qb7
c6! Qxa6
Nxa6 and mate on b8

I think NAF played well and it was an instructive game.
I'll put the game through computer analysis and post some of that here.
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Fwiw I would probably have gone with choice C.
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Old 05-04-2020, 04:12 PM
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I would still love to see the computer analysis if you get the chance.
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Old 05-05-2020, 02:46 AM
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Me too!
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