Miniature #2: Taking Advantage of Mistakes

[Updated with extra analysis below: July 30, 2017]

Here’s the second in my video series on chess miniatures, featuring a game between Dukaczewski (2372) – Dineley (2264), Turin, 2006.

This analysis features a very common error in general (moving pieces multiple times in the opening) as well as specific (playing an early Na5 to chase a Bishop on c4).  I try to show both why these are mistakes and then how to react accordingly.

Let’s take a look.

The game was pretty easy for White once Black exchanged all of his pieces and then moved his Knight away from the King.  Again, though, the most important thing is both to see the mistake and then take advantage of it.  If you can automate this thought process, you will win via tactical shot much more often.

I have a future video on the importance of the center coming soon, but that one is a bit harder.  I am far more comfortable behind the keyboard than the microphone, so I’ve had some false starts.  It’s coming.

This is still experimental, so the theme and format of these videos are subject to change, but feedback has been positive so far, so that makes me happy.  Tell me what you want to see and I’ll see what I can do.

[Update: July 30, 2017]

Friend of the blog Pierre asked asked, in the above game, what happens if Black ignores the sacrifice?  This likely happened because, in an earlier video, he asked about a potential sacrifice and I said Black could ignore it.  In addition, I realized after watching the video that I never talked about Black’s best move.

I’ve covered both in the annotations below.  There are a lot of variations, but the ideas are pretty simple.

[Event “Turin ol (Men) 37th”]
[Site “Turin”]
[Date “2006.05.29”]
[Round “8”]
[White “Dukaczewski, Piotr”]
[Black “Dineley, Richard”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C28”]
[WhiteElo “2372”]
[BlackElo “2264”]
[PlyCount “33”]
[EventDate “2006.05.21”]
[EventType “team”]
[EventRounds “13”]
[EventCountry “ITA”]
[SourceTitle “CBM 113”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2006.07.31”]
[WhiteTeam “IBCA”]
[BlackTeam “WLS”]
[BlackTeamCountry “WLS”]

{Some extra analysis of my YouTube video ‘Minature #2: Taking Advantage of
Mistakes.’} 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. d3 Nc6 4. Ne2 d5 5. exd5 Nxd5 6. Nbc3 Bb4 7.
O-O Bxc3 8. Nxc3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 {Notice how Black has traded his active pieces,
slightly worsening his position.} O-O 10. Qh5 Qd6 11. f4 Na5 $4 {Black’s
blunder allows a tactical finish.} (11… Be6 $1 {This is the best move. Black
likely avoided it because of the ugly pawns he gets after an exchange.} 12.
Bxe6 fxe6 {Yes, Black’s pawns are ugly, being doubled and on an open file.
However, he has completely stopped White’s attack. There are no threats, and
Black can use the f-file just as well as White. Black also threatens Qc5+,
forking the pawn on c3. That likely forces.} (12… Qxe6 13. f5 Qd6 (13… Qf6
$2 {Just brings the Bishop into the attack with tempo.} 14. Bg5) 14. f6 {
White’s attack practically plays itself. Black can only to defend with} Rfe8 {
[%cal Gd6f8] allowing Qf8 to cover g7.}) 13. Be3 Qa3 {And here we see the
second point: White also has weak pawns. Both the c3-pawn and also the a2-pawn
require protection. If White’s Rook is tied to the a-pawn, then White cannot
bring it into any potential attack. It also means Black can ‘threaten’ to
exchange on the f-file, distracting the Rook from the a2-pawn.} 14. c4 Rf5 15.
Qf3 Raf8 {Black is fully equal here. His weaknesses are no more significant
than White’s, and his forces are more coordinated at the moment. Just as Black
was too eager to inflict doubled pawns at the beginning, he was too quick to
reject this variation when he saw his own doubled pawns.}) (11… Be6 12. a4 {
Indeed, the computer suggests that this may be a better chance for White. The
idea is to bring the Bishop to a3 with a skewer.} Bxc4 (12… Qc5+ $1 13. Kh1
Qa5 {This is the computer’s main line, claiming full equality, though White
has practical chances with f5 if he wants to enter complications.}) 13. Ba3 Qd5
14. Bxf8 Rxf8 15. dxc4 Qxc4 {White is up an exchange but has six-thousand weak
pawns. Rooks can dominate Knights in an endgame, on an open board, so Black
will need to be on guard in the ensuing endgame. White has a comfortable, safe
advantage.}) 12. Bxf7+ Rxf7 (12… Kh8 {Someone asked an important question:
what happens if Black ignores the sacrifice? We should always consider this
possibility. Here, though, things are pretty easy. For one thing, White is up
a pawn, so at the very least he can just retreat and keep some extra material.
More importantly, he keeps his attack rolling.} 13. f5 {[%cal Gf7g6,Gh5h7,
Gg6h7] The threat is Bg3 and mate on h7, and Black has to give up copious
amounts of material to stop it.} Rxf7 (13… Nc6 {If Black ignores the threat..
.} 14. Bg6 h6 15. Bxh6 Kg8 16. Bxg7 {This is the prettiest way to do it.} Kxg7
17. f6+ Rxf6 18. Qh7+ Kf8 19. Qh8+ Ke7 20. Qe8#) 14. Qxf7 {White threatens
Qe8+ with a back rank mate.} Bd7 15. f6 {Now Qxg7# is threatened, too.} gxf6 (
15… Rg8 {Protecting with the Rook doesn’t help either.} 16. Bg5 {Bringing
another piece into the attack.} Be6 17. fxg7+ Rxg7 18. Qe8+ Bg8 (18… Rg8 19.
Bf6#) 19. Bf6) 16. Bh6 Rg8 17. Rxf6 {White has a vicious attack in addition to
his extra material. Rejecting the sacrifice has turned out even worse for
Black than accepting it!}) 13. Qxf7+ Kxf7 14. fxe5+ Qf6 15. exf6 gxf6 16. Bg5
f5 17. Bd8 1-0

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