Takchess Chess Improvement

A Novice chessplayer works to get better at chess using an improvement program based upon the methods of Michael de la Maza and the teachings of Dan Heisman

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

ARRG...A traxler loss

[Event "Rated game, 16m + 5s"]
[Site "Main Playing Hall"]
[Date "2006.01.31"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Václav Lefler"]
[Black "Takchess"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C57"]
[WhiteElo "1592"]
[BlackElo "1449"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2006.01.31"]
[TimeControl "960+5"]

1. e4 {4} e5 {3} 2. Nf3 {2} Nc6 {2} 3. Bc4 {1} Nf6 {3} 4. Ng5 {1} Bc5 {2} 5.
Nxf7 {7} Bxf2+ {8} 6. Kf1 {1} Qe7 {18} 7. Nxh8 {2} d5 {19} 8. exd5 {4} Bg4 {22}
9. Be2 {15} h5 {63} 10. Ng6 {34} Qc5 {48} 11. Nc3 {95} Nd4 {84} 12. Bxg4 {62}
Nxg4 {20} 13. h3 {31} Bg3 {39} 14. hxg4 {56} Nxc2 {10} 15. Qf3 {9} O-O-O {132}
16. Qxg3 {49} e4 {144} 17. Rxh5 {33} Qc4+ {14} 18. Kg1 {36} Qd4+ {68} 19. Qf2 {
35} e3 {31} 20. dxe3 {4} Qxg4 {7} 21. Rh8 {21} Rxh8 {127} 22. Nxh8 {4} Nxa1 {82
} 23. Qf8+ {6} Kd7 {2} 24. Qf7+ {5} Kd6 {5} 25. Qe6+ {6} Kc5 {3} 26. Qxg4 {
Takchess resigns (Lag: Av=0.51s, max=2.4s) 2} 1-0
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  • At 4:17 PM, Blogger Temposchlucker said…

    Wow, I'm a dull player compared to you.

  • At 7:07 PM, Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said…

    You went out of book at move 8. Traxler Theory consists of atleast 20 book moves. That is, if both players choose the right moves. You should have played 8... Nc6-d4. Even though the Traxler is one very nice counter attack, it still is a complicated opening judging from the fact that are almost no second best moves for black if your opponent (white) plays the right moves himself. You gotta be sharp all the way. Anyway, nice try!

  • At 9:17 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    I agree with your move 8...nc6-d4.
    I am used to my opponents taking my bishop of f2. It's a fun opening to play.

  • At 6:53 PM, Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said…

    Being used to that move is no wonder. It is in fact the first choice for white in this counter attack. There are only two good responses, and your opponent chose the second one. Though it does not matter how white reponds, since the Traxler is favourable for black both ways. Best result for white is a draw. But like i said, you both gotta know the exact moves. Anyway, there is a variation where you could have left the Knight at c6. White would've had to take the d 5 pawn with his Bishop. In that case 8... Bg4 was correct. But just keep at it.

  • At 3:58 AM, Blogger takchess said…

    I am interested what you view as the other good move for white. KXb Nchecks, kg1?

  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger CelticDeath said…

    Boy, that's one violent opening! Kudos to you for using it.

  • At 6:04 PM, Blogger Edwin 'dutchdefence' Meyer said…

    That's right Tak! 6.Kxf2 Nxe4+ is white's other (mostly first choice) option.

    White's options listed based on what is played mostly on top;

    1) 6.Kxf2
    2) 6.Kf1
    3) 6.Ke2 (Even though this seems the least favourable move to chose because it will make the white King wander all over the board and expose himself to a variety of threats, some will choose to play it. And checkmating the king can sometimes be harder then it looks in this variation.)

    Anyway, I do not want to come off sounding like i am some kind of Traxler master. Most of this is courtesy of my Herr Fritz. My German chess coach :)
    But i also have a virtual book on the Traxler by Dan Heisman.


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