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tulkos 43 ( +1 | -1 )
I think this is the best game I've ever played. [Event "GCS rated standard game"]
[Site "gcs, Pittsburgh, PA USA"]
[Date "2003.01.04"]
[Time "14:50:34"]
[Round "-"]
[White "BCHouck"]
[Black "aaronj"]
[WhiteElo "2017"]
[BlackElo "1748"]
[TimeControl "30 min each"]
[Mode "ICS"]
[Result "0-1"]

1. f4 Nc6 2. Nf3 d5 3. e3 Nf6 4. b3 Bf5 5. Bb5 Qd7 6. d3 a6 7. Ne5 Qe6 8. Bxc6+
bxc6 9. h3 Nd7 10. g4 Nxe5 11. gxf5 Qxf5 12. fxe5 Qxe5 13. d4 Qg3+ 14. Kf1
e6 15. Qg4 Bd6 16. Rg1 Qxg4 17. Rxg4 O-O 18. e4 f5 19. exf5 Rxf5+ 20. Ke2
Raf8 21. Be3 Rf1 22. Rg1 R1f3 23. h4 Rh3 24. Bh6 Rf7 25. Bg5 Rh2+ 26. Kd1
Rff2 27. Bh6 g6 28. c4 c5 29. Be3 Re2 30. Re1 Reg2 31. dxc5 Be5 32. cxd5
exd5 33. Bh6 Bxa1 34. Re8+ Kf7 35. Rf8+ Ke7
{White resigns} 0-1
zdrak 42 ( +1 | -1 )
Nice play by black, creating an attack with very limited forces in the 2nd half of the game. But white could have played much better, for example 16.Qxg3 Bxg3 17.Rg1 followed by 18.Rxg7 and black has no compensation for the sacrificed material. Also on move 18, instead of 18.e4 (which only helped black to open the game), any simple developing move (Bb2, Nc3, Nd2) would have been better.
druleeparsec 232 ( +1 | -1 )
Just for fun, I tried to analyze it BCHouck (2017) - aaronj (1748)
GCS rated standard game gcs, Pittsburgh, PA USA, 04.01.2003

1.f4 Took me a while just to find out what this is. c4 would be the English opening, I can't find this in NCO or MCO. Let's see if he actually has a plan or if he's just playing by ear.
1...Nc6 Interesting, I would expect White's 2nd move to be e4 with a threat of e5 so perhaps d5 may have also been good

2.Nf3 If white is still planning e4 then Nf6 could be very strong here.

2...d5 3.e3? Perhaps getting ready for d4? But he's blocking in his own black bishop. White would do well to remember the basics of opening theory and develop his pieces first.

3...Nf6 In the absence of a true opening the best move is to just develop properly.

4.b3 White changes his plan again, now he's opening up a line to fianchetto his black bishop. What happened to his attack on the center?

4...Bf5
5.Bb5 A pin with no teeth. What happened to Whites other 2 plans of attacking the center and bringing out his black bishop?

5...Qd7 Placeing the queen in the line of the pin. a6 may have been better since the knight is going to fall anyway.

6.d3 Too many ideas and he's not following through on any of them. Is he now thinking that e4 would be a good attack?

6...a6
7.Ne5 Qe6
8.Bxc6+ bxc6
9.h3?? Breaking up his already damaged king side pawn structure. Better is 0-0.

9...Nd7
10.g4 Nxe5
11.gxf5 Qxf5
12.fxe5 Unfortunatly, that combination lost black a knight for a pawn. Despite white poor opening play he now has a slight advantage although his king is dangerously exposed. Black would do well to develop as fast as possible and get more of his pieces into action.

12...Qxe5
13.d4 Qg3+
14.Kf1 e6
15.Qg4 Bd6
16.Rg1 Qxg4
17.Rxg4 0-0
18.e4 f5
19.exf5 Rxf5+ Nice combination, I liked that.

20.Ke2 Raf8 Now black's pieces are starting to work together whereas all but one of whites pieces are still at home.

21.Be3 Rf1 I'm not sure what that was suppose to accomplish. e5 could have been a strong move because after 22. dxe5 Bxe5 whites rook falls.

22.Rg1 R1f3
23.h4 Rh3
24.Bh6 Rf7 Bg3 would be interesting here.

25.Bg5 Rh2+
26.Kd1 Rff2
27.Bh6 g6
28.c4 c5!
29.Be3 Re2 . . .Rf3 would have pushed the white bishop off of it's square such that cxd4 would win a pawn.

30.Re1 Reg2 Fritz sees Rxe1 as a stronger move. 31.dxc5 Be5!
32.cxd5 exd5
33.Bh6 Bxa1 The ponit of pushing the c pawn. And now black has a definate advantage.
34.Re8+ Kf7
35.Rf8+ Ke7 White resigns. Black is just waiting for a tempo to play Rh1. 0-1

caldazar 44 ( +1 | -1 )
White's basic plan in this setup is not to attack the center, but rather to control e5, shift pieces to the kingside, springboard his f3 knight to e5, and go for the Black king. Instead of 5. Bb5, a more typical deployment of pieces for White would have been Bb2, Be2, d3 and probably Nbd2, O-O, and then some kind of attempt at Qd1-e1-h4, Ne5, and g4. Certainly a slow plan; Black usually has plenty of time to drum up queenside counterplay but White's setup isn't at all bad in principle.
triangulator 37 ( +1 | -1 )
druleeparsec! very nice job of analyzeing the game! aaron Rf5+ was a very good move! I think white had better ways to defend. but as for e3 being bad- I wouldn't say so, I play e3 in many of my QGA games and have very little trouble, but when not playing somthing like the QGA(or declined) e3 is usually played with the intention of closing the game off- over all good game aaron
brobishkin 28 ( +1 | -1 )
The opening... The opening of the game is called "The Bird"... I once met an on-line friend that loved this opening... But with it's slightly inferior position I am surprised you call it your best game played EVER... It's nice (dont get me wrong) but not hard to play against...

Bro...
tulkos 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Not hard to play against--- If you know what your doing. I think what I meant by best game ever was that I understood the game and what was going on better than ever before. Thanks for the analysis druleeparsec!
atrifix 395 ( +1 | -1 )
Analysis 1.f4
Bird's Opening (named after the late master Bird, of course). White plans to dominate the dark squares.

1...Nc6
Most common here is 1... d5 and 1... c5. 1... e5!?, the From Gambit, is also good. Often the Nc6 should be developed behind the c-pawn.

2.Nf3
2. e4 would transpose to a not particularly good variation of Nimzowitsch's opening in which White could hardly hope for an advantage.

2...d5 3.e3!
This move certainly does not deserve a ?, although it probably does not deserve a ! either. However, this move is so simple, that this is clearly the best move on the board: White simply makes way for his king bishop and prepares for castling. His QB will go to b2.

3...Nf6 4.b3
"White changes his plan again, now he's opening up a line to fianchetto his black bishop. What happened to his attack on the center?"
Nonsense. White is following the plan he opened the game with: dark square domination. In conjunction with the bishop on b2, his pawns on f4 and e3 and his knight on f3 help to control the dark squares. His bishop will pin the knight on b5 to increase this even further.

4...Bf5
The bishop is not well placed here. 4... Bg4 is better. 4... a6!? should be considered.

5.Bb5!
Probably also does not deserve a !, but it's the only good place for the bishop. White is again enhancing his control over the dark squares.

5...Qd7?! 6. d3
5... a6 was more accurate, the point being that now white could play 6. Ne5! Q moves 7. Bb2. The text move is consistent, denying e4 to the Black pieces, but fails to make the most of his opportunities.

6...a6
Again inaccurate, better is 6... Bg4.

7.Ne5 Qe6 8.Bxc6+ bxc6 9.h3! Nd7?
White quite obviously plans 10. g4 and expansion on the kingside, so something had to be done. 9. 0-0? would just allow 9... g5! with an attack on the King. Either 9... Qd6, 9... h6, or 9... h5 should be considered here, although in each case white will maintain a better position.

10.g4 Nxe5 11.gxf5 Qxf5 12.fxe5 "Despite white poor opening play he now has a slight advantage although his king is dangerously exposed." White's opening play has been perfectly good, with the exception of 6. d3 when he should have played 6. Ne5. His King IS exposed, so he should plan to move it by Kd2-c3-b2.

12...Qxe5 13.d4 Qg3+ 14. Kf1?
14. Kd2 is better.

14...e6?
Black had to stop 15. Qg4. Thus 14... h5! should have been played, when Black also has the threat of Rh6-f6. For example, 15. Nd2 Rh6 16. Ke2 e5! and White is in serious trouble.

15.Qg4 Bd6? 16.Rg1?
15... Qxg4 had to be played, as now 16. Qxg3 Bxg3 17. Rg1 picks up a pawn.

16... Qxg4 17.Rxg4 0-0 18.e4??
Premature opening of the center. White should develop his pieces first, by either c4 and Nc3 or Nd2 and Bb2 and Ke2-d3, etc. This is the turning point of the game.

18... f5!
Now white has problems with his King again.

19.exf5 Rxf5+ 20.Ke2 Raf8?
Missing 20... e5! 21. dxe5 (21. c3 is probably better) Re8! when white has some serious problems.

21.Be3
Now white is able to guard most of the threats. On 21... e5 white will just play 22. Nd2 and continue developing.

21... Rf1
Since white's rook is misplaced on g4, the rook should have gone to f3 immediately. This allows White to improve his rook's position.

22.Rg1 R1f3 23.h4?
Wrong. White should have played 23. Rh1.

23... Rh3 24.Bh6?? Rf7?
24... Bg3!, threatening both gxh6 and Rf2+, causes serious problems for white. 25. Be3 must be played, but then 25... Rh2+ 26. Kd3 Rh3 forces 27. Ke2 in view of the threatened 27... Bf2. So Black comes away with a draw, at the least.

25.Bg5? Rh2+?
White needs to develop! 25. Nd2 is practically forced. After the text, Black should play 25... c5! 26. dxc5 Bxc5 27. Re1 Rf2+ 28. Kd2 h6 29. Bd2 Kf7 and 30... Rxh4, picking up a pawn.

26.Kd1 Rff2 27.Bh6
This is the equivelant of resignation. If White wanted to continue the game he should have played c3, Be3, and Nd2.

27... g6 28.c4?
This is actually the losing move, but White had probably already given up the game mentally.

28... c5! 29.Be3 Re2
29... Rf3 misplaces the rook.

30.Re1 Reg2!
In this case Fritz is wrong. Black wants to keep the heavy pieces on the board, especially since they're on White's 2nd rank, at the expense of winning material. 30... Rxe1+? 31. Kxe1 dxc4 32. bxc4 cxd4 33. Bxd4 Rxh4 nets Black 4 pawns for the piece, but White has good chances to draw.

31.dxc5?
Loses, but so does everything else.

31... Be5 32.cxd5 exd5 33.Bh6 Bxa1 34.Re8+ Kf7
35.Rf8+ Ke7 0-1



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peppe_l 47 ( +1 | -1 )
Good game Generally I agree with others - your opening play was somewhat inaccurate, but after your opponent underestimated your attacking chances, you opened the kingside and finished the game in a nice way.

Since you seem to like attacking play, one good idea against 1.f4 is 1...d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.e3 Bg4 4.Be2 Nbd7 5.b3 c6 6.Bb2 Qc7 7.0-0 Bxf3

Black removes the defender of critical e5 square and prepares to occupy it himself, by pushing e5.

8.Bxf3 e5!

Now black can play Bd6, 0-0-0 and h5, with powerful kingside attack.
gambitnut 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Atrifix Good analysis. I just have one comment. I think 2. f4 is a perfectly good way to play against Nimzowitsch's defense. What line do you think black can use to prevent white from getting the advantage? Would you like to play a game and try it out?
atrifix 29 ( +1 | -1 )
Well I'm no expert on Nimowitsch's opening, but I was under the impression that 2... d5 gave Black less trouble than in similar 2. d4 and 2. Nf3 lines. After 3. e5 Nh6 (the point), Black can develop his bishop to either f5 or to g4. If you'd like to play a game, I wouldn't mind, but don't expect a definitive test of the Nimzowitsch opening :)
gambitnut 6 ( +1 | -1 )
I tried to challenge you ... ... but you have too many active games. Maybe soon.
atrifix 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Well it appears someone has paid for my membership, so that should no longer be a problem. I thought you could challenge non-members even if they were past their limit, just that they couldn't challenge others--probably a recent change.