Check for Errors in a Beginners Game

This article is for beginners only.

The game below was played on chess.com between two beginners with a decent time control. Your task is to go through the game and find the mistakes apart from the obvious material blunders, then compare your answers with the given findings.

Let’s see how many you can find. Blundering a piece is quite common mistake which can be improved with the knowledge and time:

White: Rajeshkumar (1324)
Black: Hal_2001_Chess (1261)

Findings:

a) White can play 3.Nxe5 but Black can regain the pawn with 3…Qh4, threatening both Qxf2 and Qxe4. But White should have look bit further:

3. Nxe5 Qh4
4. d4 Qxe4+
5. Be3 Ne7
6. Nd2

The material on the board is equal but White has a huge lead in development.

b) On move 4 White played h3. Of course this is to avoid Bg4 but that pin is not at all dangerous as White is not yet committed castle on the kingside and Black has no way to exploit this pin. On the other hand White can play h3 after Bg4 which gains time. The same applies to Black’s 4th move, …h6.

c) On move 5 Black played a6 which is 4th move with pawn. One should refrain himself from making such moves. Instead one should give priority to pieces to the pawns in the initial stage of the game.

d) White played his pawn to d5 which is a serious mistake as blocks his own bishop’s diagonal. On the other hand it helps Black increase the activity of his dark square Bishop.

e) Move 11 was a sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice.

f) On move 12 White exchanged his center pawn against Black’s wing pawn. In the opening and middle game center pawns are more important than the wing pawns in general.

The same things I have tried to explain in this video:

Ashvin Chauhan