Quick Decisions (9) – The Chess Improver

Choices are the hinges of destiny
Pythagoras

Last week we saw how a bad opening setup has put White in a lost position. Black obliged but his attack came with hesitation and missed a couple of clear wins. Have another look at the position we stopped at with Black up an exchange. This should also be a winning position that requires some care to convert it. Ba3 is atrocious, while Be7 is a bit more helpful from a defensive point of view.

What follows next can be explained only by playing under the pressure of the time. Black was not running out of time by any means. However, playing with about 5+ minutes and 30 seconds increment requires fast, good thinking. From a won position, Black reached a lost one voluntarily.

The endgame was interesting too. By the time they reached this position, the other games were finished and we were all watching it. It is obvious the h2-passer has become extremely important. Will White be able to convert the advantage into a win? He was playing fast and rather correct. There was only one hiccup where Black could have saved the game. However, it is hard to snap out of a number of questionable decisions during a game. There is a sensation of being lost that takes over you like a fog and stops you from seeing the way out. Hope you liked this game.

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The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chessessentials/id593013634?mt=8 I can help you learn chess the proper way if this is what you seek! View all posts by Valer Eugen Demian

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