Thursday, March 13, 2008

Playing moves in the wrong order

I was thinking the other day how I haven't made any gross blunders in a while. I didn't have long to wait. Yesterday I was playing Black in the Panov Botvinik variation of the Caro Kann against a a 1600 player, a line that I am very familiar with for at least 7 years.In this position e6 is what I am supposed to play, then White plays Qxb7 and Black plays Nxd4. But I played Nxd4 first and lost a knight to Bb5+! A very frustrating way to lose 20 points.


  1. Before all the rude drive-by comments about how you suck, etc, I just want to say that chess blindness happens to everyone, at all levels. Shake it off. I guarantee you won't make the same kind of mistake for a very long time.

  2. I agree everyone makes mistakes however you make more mistakes when you play so much chess.

    Slow down Ivan dont play so much chess then you will reach 2000.

    Jon Burgess

  3. I don't think that ~10 games a month is too much

  4. Obviously one of the reasons for making a mistake like this comes from not playing enough chess. You definitely need to play more chess! Also, in the future, if you do make a mistake like this again, save it for a game with me!:)

  5. I just did what I think is the same sort of thing a couple days ago:
    "[My] mistake was due to moving based on a hypothetical future position I was analyzing instead of the actual current position."

  6. Your blunder was again facilitated by your 2 main flaws:
    1. Not taking serious/ Underestimating a lower rated player
    2. Not paying attention to your opponents immediate candidate moves in reply to your move.


  7. Ivan,

    apart from underestimating your opponent I also doubt your opening choice in this game was good, even if you had remembered the line correctly. This line (9…e6 10. Qb7…) leads instantly to an endgame with which your much lower rated opponent could be happy with.
    In her book on the Caro-Kann (“Play the C-K”) WIM Jovanka Houska gives the line 9…Nb6 (instead of your intended 9…e6/ actually played 9…Nd4) in order to avoid the above mentioned endgame line and keep the game alive.
    IMO that would be a better choice against a lower rated player.
    As I understand you are a C-K player I recommend you check out her book; it is bang up to date and offers a complete C-K repertoire. Even if you currently play some different lines you could still get yourself some alternative lines as a surprise weapon to be less predictable in your opening choices.

    Her recommended main line (Bf5 with castling kingside; Bb4 after White’s Bd2 IOT force the advance of the c-pawn as a later target) was BTW played twice successfully by Ivanchuk in Morelia/Linares!


  8. BRUZ,

    Thanks for the comments, they were spot on.

    I could have played e6 earlier instead of Nc6 as well, in order to avoid going into the end game. The evaluation of the end game is I think "Black can hold with accurte play"

    I have twice lost this engame to low experts and drawn a high expert.