Fabuloso Friday 2/Fabuloso Chess/Move6

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Game Analysis

I thought we could use this space for factual analysis of game statistics. mayorcjSR 15:03, 30 June 2006 (PDT)

Squares We Control
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Image:chess_zver_26.png
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
Image:chess_zver_26.png
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Last move: 6. Qc2
Squares Ze Controls
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Image:chess_zver_26.png
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
Image:chess_zver_26.png
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Last move: 6. Qc2

Whew .. you're 'control' scheme doesn't account for captures .. but aside from that not bad. Here's a different take on it (i.e. squares that can be freely moved into without threat, or 'controlled space'). Bear in mind that space is only one of many 'lithmus tests' to who is winning a game.├črigaderant 02:02, 1 July 2006 (PDT)

Squares We Control
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Image:chess_zver_26.png
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
Image:chess_zver_26.png
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Last move: 6. Qc2
Squares Ze Controls
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Image:chess_zver_26.png
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
Image:chess_zver_26.png
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Last move: 6. Qc2

Also bear in mind .. that there is only ONE immediate capture (cxd5) that Ze can use, and it's not a good move (we can re-capture, and pushing the pawn would be better for Ze) .. we're in really good shape so long as we can keep him under our thumb. Unfortunately, he has FOUR moves that he can use to threaten us (a3 Bd2 Bd3 and Ne5).

  • a3 is mildly effective, chasing our Bishop out, but we can capture his knight with check, and possibly double his pawns.
  • Bd2 is more likely, simultaneously removing the pin on his Knight as well as putting pressure on our Knight (by freeing his knight up to attack ours, and forcing an exchange of bishops .. we have to Bxd2+ so he doesn't get our Knight for free) ... this depends on if we advance f5 .. then that isn't as much of a threat)
  • Bd3 develops his other bishop, prepares him to castle, and also threatens our Knight (again, f5 here reduces that threat)
  • Ne5 isn't a likely move, although it would be a great square for his knight, he is no longer protecting g5 and h4 (from our Queen), but more importantly, he's abandoning d2 (a great spot for his bishop)

I'm thinking that his best move is either Bd2 or Bd3 .. and assuming that, our best move to pre-empt it would be f5, following with Nc6 (more backup for our bishop, and if he captures, NxB4 threatens his Queen) .. however I won't 'throw down the gauntlet' on it until Saturday Midnight to allow for more speculation amoung the masses. OOh .. that line is pretty (and realistic, even though capturing our knight is a mistake) .. take a look.├črigaderant

Squares We Control
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Image:chess_zver_26.png
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
Image:chess_zver_26.png
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Last move: 6. Qc2 f5 7. Bd2 Nc6
Squares Ze Controls
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Image:chess_zver_26.png
a8 b8 c8 d8 e8 f8 g8 h8
a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7
a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6
a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5
a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4
a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3
a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2
a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 h1
Image:chess_zver_26.png
Image:chess_zhor_26.png
Last move: 8. Nxe4 fxe4 9. Bxb4 Nxb4

Lookie! Due to the queen threat, there's a free Knight for us! 6. .. f5 and 7. .. Nc6 completely ties him up and he can't gain from trading off our pieces! This is pretty

Damn .. just looked at it again .. he can gain back the knight by Qa4+ .. so we'll be trading knights .. but on the bright side his kingside castle will be scary (Gxf3 costs him a lot) .. so we do still gain quite a bit by it (like sticking our bishop on h3) .. maybe not as nice as I first thought .. but still a winning game for us.
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