Saturday, October 28, 2006

Tactics flow natural from a good position

Level 11

Tonight I had an interesting game. Both sides thought they were winning. That's how I like it the most. The KGA can trick someone by optical illusions. I played very positional, inspired by "Winning chess tactics" of Yasser Seirawan. After I reached a good position I started to sac a pawn and a knight and his position collapsed. What was very funny was that he thought until the last move that he was winning. He attributed his demise to his last move.
You can find the game here.


  1. nice I loved the 4 pawns on the fourth rank. was the queen move on move 10 in anticipation of the check? or was there an additional reason there. I played some beautiful games at chess club tonight 8)

  2. Actually it looks like the game was pretty even up until 30...Rxd6.

    From there he fell apart. Was he in time trouble?

  3. Jim,
    it's about what both players belief during the game. Even if prof. Shredder says it's an equal game, that's total irrelevant since the use of Shredder during a game is limited to the toilet. You have to do it whith the best you can come up with and with what you belief.
    He was not in time trouble, but he collapsed because he couldn't handle all the threats in the position. That was were the difference in rating showed.
    Without the positional training and the study of Seirawan's book, I had come into time trouble and I would have accepted a draw in good position. Now I played positional moves somewhat faster than I used to do.
    The tactical training made that I could finish him off with only one minute at the clock.

  4. FYI, we play G90(20) so we get 20 secs extra per move.

  5. Very nice game. I liked the idea c5 with Ne4-d6. A supported knight on d6 (or d3 for black) is always a menace.

  6. Would 7 BXf4 be a bad move? I would be interested in your analysis after blacks probable responses

  7. Tak,
    I consider 7.Bxf4 to be a bad positional move. f4 hinders a black attack because it keeps the line in front of my king closed. Why should I be bothered by that pawn which gives my king a safe haven? I can pick it up anytime. So I want to develop first.

  8. I agree with you about not playing f4 getting the second knight into the game is more important.

    I was trying to analyse from blacks perspective if 10 f4 was played do you think g5 would be a reasonable move ? or is it too risky to open up the pawns in front of the King since castling queenside with the open A file is dangerous.

    but if you played it, would black g5 be a reasonable move.

  9. g5 is exactly what I want black to play. I invite black to start a kingside attack, thereby forgetting his queenside development and the safety of his king. As long as the essential lines are closed and I have the center, I have nothing to fear. When his attack dries out, it's my turn.

  10. Great fun looking game. That variation looks frightening, giving up the right to castle and all. You pulled off a nice nip and tuck with your king though.

  11. Blue,
    it takes some time before you feel comfortable in such positions. But once you have tasted the defensive force of the position you realize that black chances consist mainly of optical illussions.