Clay Cross Chess Club


Move 2.Nc3  This is not a "bad" move but it hampers White's ability to pressure the centre and hence to maintain the advantage of having the 1st move, with c4. But so much for my intention of playing (and learning a bit about) the Nimzo-Indian Defence! and I assumed from here that there's no point looking at opening theory any more.

Move 6.Nb5   At the time I thought this was a pretty bad move, but now as I feed the game into Fritz the engine doesn't mark it as worsening White's score significantly. It breaks a fundamental principal ("Move each piece once only until you are fully developed, unless there is a clear advantage to be gained from a 2nd move"). If White thought Black had no defence against Nxc7+ it has to be seen as a mistake: before you go on the attack so blatanly you ought to check carefully that there isn't a defence which leaves you worse than before. Had White already decided on the way to deal with Black's next move or did he not analyse just 2 moves ahead, being blinkered at the sight of a superficially defenceless c7?

Move 7.c3   Fritz gives this move a tiny negative mark. Where, after Black's 9th move, will White's N go? To the edge of the board, far away from the centre of the conflict! White eventually resigns partly because it remains useless hereafter, AND no longer protects e2, a crucial square by move 15.

Move 11.Nd2  Black has just completed his development and is ready to unite his rooks by castling. White could do the same with 0-0, Qb3 or Qa4. There are other satisfactory moves: force the exchange of Black's powerful c5 Bishop with 11.Nh4; develop the QR with Rc1. But White LOSES ANOTHER TEMPO with ANOTHER 2nd knight move, reducing his grip on the e5 square (through which Black's attack will come),

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