Chess, game 1

I played my first game for Hackney Chess Club last night. Playing fourth board (there are only four) for Hackney against some team whose name I never learnt I lost to someone we shall call “John” (mostly because that’s his name). I’m looking for some way of embedded a PGN viewer on the blog so you can play through the game but haven’t found one that works with my current technology set up. In the meantime you can (if you can be bothered) play through the game and groan at my mistakes. I will add some proper notes when I get a chance (not that many games sell on the fact that they’ve been annotated by the loser). In the meantime some top level thoughts:
* I dicked around too much in the opening failing to develop my pieces and castle- John may not have “known” the generally-seen-as-being-good moves in this opening after move 6 but he developed his pieces fast and castled early.
* I wasn’t flexible enough in my opening play
* I failed to see his threats early enough and then i underestimated them
* I blundered at the end when I might have saved a draw
I think I need to do some more work on the middlegame (and endgame and opening…)

John v. Me
16 October 2008
League Game
Golden Lane Community Centre

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 e6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 a6
5. Nc3 Qc7
6. Qf3 Nf7
7. Bd3 Nc6
8. Nxc6 Nxc6
9. Be3 b5
10. 0-0-0 Bb7
11. Bf5 e5
12. Be3 Ne7
13. Qg3 Rc8
14. f4 d6
15. fxe5 dxe5
16. Rf1 Ng6
17. h4 h5
18. Nd5 Bxd5
19. exd5 Qd6
20. Bxg6 fxg6
21. Qf3 Bc7
22. a3 Kd8
23. Rd3 Be7
24. Qg3 Rf8
25. Rxf8 Bxf8
26. b4 Be7
27. Bc5 Rxc5
28. bxc5 Qc5
29. Qe5 Qg1
30. Rd1 Bxa3
31. Kd2 Bb4
32. c3 Qxg2
33. Qe2 Qd5
34. 1-0

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