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Chess Thoughts: In Search of a Better Understanding

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I would like to quote the words of Prof. A. de Groot because they are worth thinking about them :

“GMs strongly concentrate themselves on the threats posed by their opponents last move and in the matter of how this move has altered the slightest details in the position. They also have a great capacity to evaluate how the neutral exchanges of pieces may  have a favourable or unfavourable effect on the control of key squares and the initiative.. They also spend their (thinking) time with the precise evaluation of the immediate moves , avoiding deeper lines which will never take place in the  game they are playing. “

Words of wisdom which can help a lot to improve one´s approach to Chess!.

(In my opinion it is very important to think about one´s approach to Chess.)

In today’s Chess, it is clear that all  leading GMs pay more  attention to the combination of dynamism + initiative  than to purely static features.

(Please remember that in Chess, when someone makes a statement it i under the conditions known as “CETERIS PARIBUS” : “BEING THE REST OF ALL THINGS EQUAL”).

Then, how much attention do we pay to ideas like the following ones?:

– Dynamism at the cost of Pawn structure.

-Double attack and intermediate moves both in attack and defence.

-Do you pay attention to pinning / unpinning manoeuvres?

-Do you pay attention to decoy manoeuvres?

-Are you influenced by the fact of playing the White or the Black pieces? (In my practice I normally  keep an average of  50 CC games all the time  I have realized that in some of the games ,I play as Black “without considering it” -I mean I play for a win going directly for my opponent without being influenced by defensive considerations of the type: “I’m Black I have to defend my   position first, etc. After all, the odds W/B are similar and subject to too many  particular considerations. Having the White pieces means nothing: you have to play good strong moves one after another. Make mistakes and your Black opponent will crunch you.As Tarrasch used to say: “it is not enough to be a good chessplayer.You have to play good moves too”. I add: “as White too!”.

-The correct assessment of neutral exchanges of pieces (an apparently neutral exchange of pieces in the opening/middlegame may mean a winning or losing endgame with the right/wrong pieces left of the board…)

-Do you pay attention to the matter of opening transpositions used as a weapon from the beginning of the game?

-Follow the book blindly till the end of the line waiting for the opponent to play the following out-of-the-book move or introducing yourself a new move which may be a neutral one. It is not necessary to find a superb TN in every   game.

-The differences between OTB Chess and CC (if you play both) .

-Our opening repertoire: do you play solid openings or (from time to time/always…) you are ready to try gambits like the Budapest, the Evans, etc.?

-When facing new opponents in both CC and OTB, do you play the man/woman,his/her ELO or against the pieces?. Do you change or choose your openings depending only on your opponents’ ELO? I have played in ICCF tournaments in which I was the lowest ELO and others in which I was the highest… Some players may say it is the same to them. Not in my case. But I have learnt a lesson: no matter if you are the lowest or the highest rated player: you must play carefully, avoid stupid opening experiments and respect your opponents. Or they may beat you, sometimes with your own help!

A wonderful game with an outstanding final position:

W.: Jan Timman  (1)

B.: G. Kasparov (0)

Hilversum  1985

1. e4  e5  2. Nf3 Nc6  3. Bb5  a6  4. Ba4  Nf6  5. 0-0  Be7  6. Re1  b5  7. Bb3 d6  8. c3  0-0  9. h3  Bb7  10. d4  Re8  11. Ng5  Rf8  12. Nf3  Re8  13. Nbd2  Bf8  14. a3  h6  15. Bc2  Nb8  16.  b4  Nbd7  17. Bb2  g6  18. c4  ed4  19. cb5  ab5  20. Nd4:  c6  21. a4  ba4  22.  Ba4:  Qb6  23. Nc2  Qc7  24. Bb3  Ba6  25. Rc1 Bg7  26. Ne3 Bb5  27. Nd5 Nd5:  28. Bg7:  Kg7:  29. ed5  Ne5  30. Ne4  Nd3  31. Qd2  Ra3  32. Nf6!!  Re1:  33. Re1 :  Kf6:  34. Qc3  Ne5  35. f4  Ba4  36. fe5  de5  37. d6!  Qd6:  38. Qf3!  Qd6:  39. Qf7:  Kd8  40. Rd1  Ra1  41. Qf6  and Kasparov resigned. The position deserves a diagram:

The Black King is in check. The Black Queen,  White Bishop and Rook are  pinned . A wonderful field of forces!



Written by QChess

August 22, 2012 at 4:00 pm

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