Finding my way in the chessdevelopment- and training jungle in order to improve my rating.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Preparation for Corus
. . . The tournament in Groningen went quite well for both Margriet and me, with each 3.5/5 I don't want to spend too much time on blogging or publishing my games, because I want to digest what I have learned in Groningen in order to adjust my preparation for Corus.
In general it can be said that my play has changed in the following way: in stead of throwing the sink at my opponent from move one I develop quietly and play the middlegame as positional as I can. When the exchange of pieces start, at the end of the middlegame, there all of a sudden appears a moment that I can shift gears, sacrifice a few pawns and mate the hostile king. Time and again these attacks seem to appear at the end of the middlegame 'out of the blue' lately, just by playing positionally.
There is another phenomenon I noticed. My attacks used to be as 'lean' as possible. That is to say, when I sensed that there are tactics in the air I started to execute them as soon as I could. Now I let the threat exist, but make a (few) development moves extra first. It proves that this multiplies the amount of tactics manifold. It gives the attack a devastating extra punch.
The Scandinavian with 3. ... Qd6 didn't live up to it's expectations. Although I haven't lost with it yet in six outings (1+ 5=) it is difficult to find a plan for black and to solve all blacks problems. Tiviakov gave as motivation for this move that it is 'different'. Which is not very guiding. Since there are no books about the variation, I can't get inspiration how to treat the opening. I'm not ready yet to develop my own treatment. So for the time being I will abandon this opening at a certain moment. The problem is: before or after Corus?
I don't want to spend time on opening preparation for Corus since I need all my time for improving my positional play. Besides that, I haven't decided on which opening to play yet. I hesitate between the French, the Caro-Kan and the Taimanov Sicilian. At the moment the balance tips to the Caro-Kan. I ordered the book of Jovanka Houska (Playing the Caro-Kan) and if I like what I see there I will take it up.