Monday, April 9, 2012

Closed Game

I played a closed game of speed chess against Charlie33 of the USA who played black. Closed games often last several moves, but this game is rather short. Here are the moves of the game along with my commentary:

1. e4 c5
2. d4 e6

To my surprise black does not play cxd.

3. d5 d6
4. Nc3 e5
5. f4 f5
6. Nf3 h6

Black has yet to move a piece.

7. h4 Be7
8. g3 Nf6
9. Bd2 Ng4
10. Bh3 0-0

With few pieces on the kingside and the weakened pawn structure around the king, black makes a move that exposes his king more.

11. Qe2 h5

Black leaves a hole on g5 for my knight.

12. 0-0-0 a6

I castle to connect my rooks and develop a kingside attack.

13. Ng5 Bxg5
14. hxg5 Nd7
15. Bxg4 fxg4

Black's kingside is not well-defended.

16. f5 Qe8

Rxh5 is stronger.

17. g6 Nf6
18. Bg5 Rb8

I prepare to remove a key defender.

19. Bxf6 Rxf6
20. Rxh5 b5
21. Rdh1 Qd7

Black wants to save his queen but he cannot prevent mate.

22. Rh8#

In this closed game, black makes the mistake of castling kingside where I have a powerful attack. He also fails to develop his pieces and generate threats. This allows me to deliver a quick victory.

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