05 October 2014

Annotated Game #135: Stopping the bleeding

The best thing that can be said about this fifth-round tournament game is that I escaped with a draw and stopped the bleeding on the scorechart.  As Black, I commit a couple of minor inaccuracies in the opening, especially by misplacing the queen's knight, which then grow into major structural deficiencies.  I was fortunate that my opponent could not find the winning idea in the end, which would be to use a pawn lever to pry open Black's position.  This was another example and an unfortunate continuation of my weak play in the tournament, with worse to come before it gets better.

3 comments:

  1. Although that was a tough draw I think it is great you have stuck with the Caro-Kan all this time!

    How do you like the Komodo 8 engine for analysis compared to Houdini? Is it really that much more "positionally based"?

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    1. I've noticed that Komodo 8 will score positional compensation for material significantly higher sometimes than Houdini 3. It might be worth the time to investigate this a bit more systematically, so thanks for the idea. I thought that Houdini did a pretty good job of looking at dynamic factors like compensation in its evaluations, but Komodo seems to have a greater weight set to them.

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    2. I find that Junior does really well at understanding compensation as well. I really liked Komodo 4 for understanding sacrifices. But haven't bit the bullet on Komodo 8.

      A good book for checking the concept of compensation and speculative playing is Spielman's "The Art of Sacrifice in Chess" I studied the book extensively one summer analyzing each game on my own before reading Speilman's notes. And then I would check with an engine and the only engine that really seemed to "like" Spielman's sacrifices was Komodo 4 and Junior sometimes. (this was two summers ago...which is a lifetime in computer progress)

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