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drtimer 77 ( +1 | -1 )
Care to comment on this game? Hi would love your comments on this game,

This was my first ever over the board match game which I played on Tuesday, I was quite nervous and felt I played quite conservatively, playing under match conditions certainly seems to be a different beast! I managed the win, but could I have put the knife in sooner? Time control was 30 moves in hour plus 15. I'm white.

1. e4 e5
2. Nc3 Nc6
3. Bc4 Bb4
4. Nd5 Nf6
5. Nxb4 Nxb4
6. d3 d5
7. exd5 Nbxd5
8. Nf3 Bg4
9. h3 Bxf3
10. Qxf3 c6
11. 0-0 0-0
12. Re1 b5
13. Bb3 Qd6
14. Qg3 g6
15. Bg5 Nd7
16. Rad1 Nc5
17. Bh6 Rfe8
18. Bxd5 Qxd5
19. b3 Qd4
20. Be3 Qb4
21. h4 e4
22. Bxc5 Qxc5
23. dxe4 Qxc2
24. Qf3 Qxa2
25. Rd7 Rf8
26. h5 Qb2
27. h6 Qe5
28. Red1 Qh5
29. Qxh5 gxh5 (worse possible square for black to exchange queens?)
30. R1d6 Rae8
31. f3 f5 (terrible move by black I could see the mate at this point)
32. Rg7+ Kh8
33. Rdd7 Rf6
34. Rxh7 Kg8
35. Rdg7+ Kf8
36. Rh8++ 1-0
misato 121 ( +1 | -1 )
Nice game After move #10 you had two bishops vs. two knights - in such an open position (pawn structure) and with a little bit ahead of development a comfortable play for White, well done.

I would have harvested the first pawn in move #15 (15.Qxe5), the two bishops still on board should guarantee a favourable endgame. Even stronger two moves later: 17. Bxd5 cd 18. Qxe5.

I think in move #22 you missed to win the knight: 21. - e4? 22. c3 Qa3 (22. - Qxc3 23. Rc1) 23. Qd6. But maybe it's hard to see that with this short time control, if there is an escape for Black you have risked too much.

After move #27 (even after trading the Queens) I can't see any serious trouble for Black, the King looks to be protected well. Instead of weakening his position he should have played on more actively using his pawn majority on the Queen-side: 30. - a5 31. Rxc6 a4 and his Ra8 has the best possible spot without having moved during the whole game (behind his passed pawn). Unless you see a mate-attack you now should be careful and block this pawn. But I can imagine that there must have been time-trouble, otherwise I have no explanation for 31. - f5 (with your rook on the 7th rank). Nice mate!
drtimer 37 ( +1 | -1 )
misato I agree 15. Qxe5 is strong, I spent a long time thinking here I didn't really consider taking with the queen, I did consider 15. Rxe5 but was worried about 15..Nh5
17. Bxd5, very nice!

Yes I missed that attack on move 22, not easy to see, just wanted to get my rooks working.

Thanks for taking the time to examine this, much appreciated.