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jstevens1 46 ( +1 | -1 )
Retarded Development Usually one can associate the above with beginners. However, intermediate players can also fall into this trap. I, Joanne with a rating of 1691 has just fallen into one! I have annotated a game which I have just resigned against Ionadowman called An Expert Lesson in Development. You will see just how I got punished for this.

I hope you readers will find this helpful.

Have a nice day.

Bye for now.

Joanne
savage4731 27 ( +1 | -1 )
Development I dont think development was your problem. In fact, I dont see where you were ever behind in development. I think putting your pieces on the wrong squares and blocking in your bishop were your biggest problems at least early on.
ketchuplover 4 ( +1 | -1 )
Is there a link somewhere to the game? tia
hubtom 13 ( +1 | -1 )
game gameknot.com
doctor_knight 12 ( +1 | -1 )
savage4731 isn't that what retarded development is? blocking pieces in and developing so that your pieces lack coordination?
lighttotheright 42 ( +1 | -1 )
I don't think 8. ... Bxf4 was a good idea at all! It only helps white. That was definitely an over-zealous exchange. I won't call that retard development though! It is a bad exchange that gave white more time to deploy his knight better.

Black missed an opportunity for a very slight advantage on move 12. ... Qxe2 instead. If you're Black in the Dutch, you are supposed to attack. If you don't attack, it is hard to defend.
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savage4731 54 ( +1 | -1 )
doctor_knight I would assume by "retarded" she meant slow. Blocking pieces impedes development but isnt slow development in and of itself. If you look at the position after black's 10th move her development is almost finished. Just the rook and bishop need to come into the game. Normally I would call that pretty quick development.


I've never played either side of the dutch but locking all your pawns on light squares and putting the knight on the only square the bishop can move to isnt right is it?
loreta 46 ( +1 | -1 )
? lighttotheright IMHO, position of Black at move 8 is quite good.

So, lighttotheright, what would you propose insteed of 8. ... Bxf4? I see only two possibilities: 8. ... Be7 or 8. ... b6

I added a couple of notes into annotation (including about that) to beginning of that game:
gameknot.com/annotation.pl/an-expert-lesson-in-development.pl?gm=17250

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I aggree with Ion, that the main problem was not Black's development, but no solution for c8 Bishop. To find a place to this Bishop is a cornerstone in the Dutch.
lighttotheright 27 ( +1 | -1 )
I saw that note in the game annotation. I have to disagree that 8. ... Bxf4 was good. It simply was not fatal. Just because you can get away with a move does not make it good. Nor is it good simply because a high rated player has used it in the past.
loreta 10 ( +1 | -1 )
yes, lighttotheright Yes, I fully agree! 8. ... Bxf4!? is not very good but it isn't fatal too...
Anyway, what proposal would be :)