18 ( +1 | -1 ) if you ask for analyzesabout games played here, it's always helpfull to name the boardnumber. much easier for the ones doing the job to go through. i'm not much of an analyzer myself, sorry. greetings
271 ( +1 | -1 ) Interesting gameIn the future, chessnovice, I'd highly recommend doing your own analysis first and posting it here before soliciting advice. You get more out of the experience if you do your own work first. Besides, you have to anyway; you can't trust analysis you don't check yourself since it could easily be incorrect.
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 b5 3. cxb5 Bb7
Or 3... a6.
I greatly prefer 4. f3 intending an e4-pawn thrust.
4... e6 5. e3
This just looks wrong. 5. Bg5 to undermine Black's control of e4.
5... c5 6. Bd3
or 6. Nc3, exterting influence over e4 and intending to meet ...cxd4 with Nxd4.
Well, this strongly holds up an e4-pawn thrust, I suppose. After 6... cxd4, White can simply give back the pawn with 7. O-O dxe3 8. Bxe3. However, perhaps now was the time for 6... a6 since 7. bxa6 Nxa6 is quite pleasant for Black (7. O-O is probably better).
7. O-O Nbd7 8. b3 Bd6 9. Ba3
Trying to dominate c5, but I have to wonder how realistic a plan this actually is.
9... Rc8 10. Nbd2 O-O 11. Rc1 Qa5
11... Qb6 looks to me to do something similar...
12. Nb1 Qd8
...and the queen on a5 was not particularly well placed in any case.
13. Nc3 Qe7
I suppose Black should be entertainig possible ...e5 ideas at some point, but things like Bf5 can be potentially annoying in that case.
14. Re1 Rfd8
14... Ne4 was worth looking at, although Black probably doesn't have enough. 15. Bxe4 dxe4 16. Nd2 Qh4 17. h3 cxd4 18. Bxd6 dxc3 19. Nc4 Rfd8 20. Qd4 and White's position looks pretty good to me.
If White is serious about this, 15... Bb1 is probably better. Neither bishop moves seems to address the needs of the position though. I felt 15. Qc2 was called for despite possible discomfort down the c-file.
This feels like some sort of passing move to me, as I can't see what the rook is doing on e8 (trying to support ...e5? then why not play 14... Rfe8 instead?).
Without the rook on f8 (and with the d8-rook eyeing up the White queen, no less), a potential White capture by Bxd6 loses some sting so now 15... Ne4 is more interesting. 16. Bxe4 dxe4 17. Nd2 Qh4 18. h3 cxd4 19. Bxd6 dxc3 20. Nc4 is now inadequate due 20... Nc5 (intending ...Nd3). Therefore, White probably has to meet 15... Ne4 16. Bxe4 dxe4 17. Nd2 Qh4 with 19. g3, seriously weakening the light squares around his king, although White does have Nf1 to defend and Black's e4 pawn impedes the light-squared bishop from joining the attack and exploiting those weak squares.
Honestly, even after quite a bit of my own analysis (about an hour's worth), I'm still not sure what the verdict should be on 14... Ne4 (it seems inadequate to me) and 15... Ne4 (seems playable). Two positions that are probably worth a bit of study.
There's much more to look at in the following moves (skimming the rest of the game score, I saw points where there might be improvements for one side or the other) but somebody else can look at those. I thought White had some reasonable winning chances.