This week my rating in chess.com is still fluctuating around 800-900 level, but I stop dipping down to the 700 level. I can easily beat any 500-600 level players and stand a good chance playing against 900-1000 level players if I did not make any blunders. In number of times, I have material lead in mid game but lost a major piece making a obviously stupid move.
I found studying the chess game of Grant Master Kasparov really improve my chess skill. It is an eye opening observing how the grand master plays. I learn a few things in due process. The number one lesson I had learn is when I have material advantage, I should patiently exchange pieces one at a time, don’t rush for checking that will not force a mate or it will end up destroying my formation. Advance the pieces by marching them slowly, make sure every piece is protected by another piece with the chain of defense starts at the King protecting the pawn. Beginner usually thinks an attack is an attack on a piece, but I start thinking attack in terms attacking empty squares to limit how the opponent can move his piece.
I played against a stronger player in this game and I won. Comparing this game to the last game I analyzed, I can see my improvement.
I always use king-pawn opening. I will master this opening before I try other opening style. Black response with Caro-Kann defense.
I protect my prawn with queen-side knight. The standard response should be march queen-pawn. He advance the king-bishop-pawn for no reason.
I mobilize the other knight. Black move the queen to add my king-bishop-pawn. After many losses, I think I finally learn how to deal with queen’s attack by setting up traps.
Advance the queen-pawn to block black queen’s attack and black queen move again to skewer my knight.
I can’t move the bishop to block the skewer yet or I will leave the b2-pawn defenseless. I need to chase the queen away with the a2-pawn. Queen moves but stay in the diagonal.
I move the bishop to protect the king and prepare for a discover attack. The black queen is being chased around. He is losing tempo keep moving the queens when I slowly develop to castle
b2-pawn is under attack, march it forward to get protection from the queen-rook-pawn. Black is developing on the right, I think he wants to mobilize his king-bishop.
I move the bishop to prepare for another discover attack on the queen. Black falls for the trap and march the pawn to threaten my knight. A lone marching is useless.
Computer analysis think I should move king-knight to h4, but instead I chase the queen away with the queen-knight.
I retreat the knight from the pawn. Black advance the queen-pawn and block the queen. Advancing the pawn to d5 is a better move.
I move the bishop to attack the lone pawn. Black back it up with the rook pawn.
I throw in the king-bishop-pawn. Black march the queen-knight-pawn to threaten my knight.
I retreat the knight, black wants to exchange the dark-square bishop.
Since no piece can protect my bishop, I accept the exchange. Computer analyze suggest march the king-bishop-pawn to protect the bishop, but I am not very convinced. I expect him to develop the knight which will protect the g4 pawn, but he use the rook instead.
Since g4 pawn is under protected, I started the exchange.
Continue the exchange.
I finish the exchange and my queen has an eye on the black knight. Black retreat the rook to protect the knight. It is better to use the king instead. Remember, the king should be at the end of the chain of defense.
I castle to the left and black move the king. I should have move the queen to g7 and take the rook. Black should move the knight to chase my queen instead.
I move the knight to build up the defense for my king. Black move the queen to the left, probably want to attack my king from the left.
I thought for quite some time to design which pawn to march. I guess I should just take the free knight (or rook) instead.
Move Knight to guard a4 square. King is protected by the two knights. Black finally chase my queen away.
I move my queen to pin his knight against the rook. Black takes my middle pawn
I retake his pawn. Black wants put his queen to use on the right side.
I prepare for a discover check, black move a knight to block the way.
Take the pawn with rook. Black queen try to chase my rook with the queen and let me take the unprotected knight.
Prepare for the rook trade. Black keep chasing my queen with his knight.
I move queen to pin his knight against his king.
I propose a rook trade. Black move the king
The black queen is skewered, I should trade the queen instead.
I line up the rook, but I missed a force mate.
I took another rook. Black is pretty much done.
33.Rxc7 Kxc7 34.Rf7+ Kb6 35.Nc5 a6 36.Qh7 Ra7 37.Rxa7 a5 38.Qb7# 1-0
The rest of the game is just the painful dead of black. However I missed so many force mate opportunities. I need to work on learn how spot force mates.