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SmithyQ-DrawmeJoe, March 2017: A Mess From Start to Finish

If you’ve seen any of my chess games before, you’ll know I tend to favour fairly calm, logical positions.  I’m much more of a Karpov than a Kasparov, if you will.  Sometimes, though, logic goes out the window.  Sometimes you just have a mess and have to deal with it the best you can.

That’s what happened here.  We had a weird opening, where I won a pawn but got into a messy position.  This then lead to a weird middlegame, where both Kings were displaced and major weaknesses were everything.  Things then settled down in the endgame, but even here there was a mess that needed cleaning up.

It took me over a week to analyze this game.  Due to its messy nature, both my opponent and I made many mistakes, and it took a long, computer-assisted look to determine best play.  Those mistakes also make the game longer and, honestly, perhaps somewhat bloated, but there’s a lot to learn.  Let’s take a look. Continue reading