Blitz Chess #371: Queen’s Pawn Game

This is a blitz chess game I played as black with time control 5|0. The opening played was a Queen’s pawn game. White’s modest approach to the opening allows for black to confidently violate an opening principle which states one should not move the same piece more than once early on. Not only does the said piece move for a 2nd & 3rd time, but also a 4th. What exactly would justify such a decision? Are you familiar with good, and bad bishops?

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1. d4 Nf6 2. e3 d5 3. Bd3 Bg4 4. f3 Bh5 5. Ne2 Bg6 6. Nf4 Bxd3 7. Nxd3 e6 8. O-O Nbd7 9. c3 c5 10. Kh1 Bd6 11. Qe1 e5 12. dxe5 Nxe5 13. Nxe5 Bxe5 14. e4 dxe4 15. Nd2 Qd3 16. Nxe4 Nxe4 17. fxe4 O-O 18. Bf4 Rae8 19. Rf3 Qc4 20. b3 Qe6 21. Bxe5 Qxe5 22. Re3 f5 23. Rd1 fxe4 24. c4 Rf7 25. Rd5 Qc7 26. Rxe4 Rxe4

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  1. Qf4 was a nice move at 25. Like the pressure of back rank, eh?

  2. Great video as always, but I have 2 questions:
    – At 0:29 why did they recapture with the knight? I would have either taken with the queen to develop a new piece or maybe even with the pawn to open the c-file and support e4!
    – In the variation you show at 9:58 isn't e4 winning a piece?!

  3. Jerry – when you say "I'm trading off my bad bishop for their good bishop", could you tell us why? Those of us still learning don't see why the bishops/knights are "bad or good". Thanks for the help.

  4. currently reading nimzowitsch's 'my system'..
    and when you said 'I have to prevent e4!' I was so happy 😀

  5. @4:48 Vs rook takes pawn you could have just played Qf1+ and then mate with rook.

  6. 7. Nxd3? really?? 7. cxd3 just looks so much more logical because then White has a huge center and can force through e4 at any time…

  7. It was nice to verify your intuition correct with the computer analysis regarding the opening choice to open the center when your king was not castled and his was.

    that is counter intuitive to many of us who as a rule get castled before opening the center, and especially as you are playing black being down a move.

    maybe some attention to the rules of thumb on when it is ok to open the center in these positions. and how you were able to predict that he would not get an open line to your king and unprotected bishop. that looked scary. I would not have thought to do that and yet the computer verified it as sound.


  8. I know it's kind of silly, but I really liked the 1080p videos

  9. Early on in the game, you go 1. Bg4 F3 2. Bh5 Ne2 3. Bg6

     Why doesn't white capture 3. .. Bxg6 4. hxg6

     resulting in a damaged pawn structure on the kingside for black?

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