Usually after the opening and the first half of the middlegame my position is ok. But from there on things all too often go downhill rapidly. Either because I try to work miracles in a non tactical position and end up in time trouble, or I simple play with no plan at all.
To fix this problem, I started to analyze my own games. As you can see in my previous post.
But I soon realized that my own games lack something. Certain things simply cannot be learned by studying your own games with the aid of a chess engine. And so I decided to study positions from grandmastergames. The first few books from Buckley, Larsen, Yakovlev, Polgar and Dvoretsky were very disappointing. The positions in those books are not computer checked. If Houdini finds 15 better moves than the move proposed by the author, and the difference is >0.30 points, it is too hard to keep your faith in that you are on the right track. And in these times no author has an excuse to not check his analysis by computer.
Luckily I remembered the book Grandmaster Chess Strategy from Kaufeld and Kern with analyzed games from Ulf Andersson. Sofar I found that the analysis is thouroughly checked by computer. I hope that it stays that way. Andersson has a crystal clear and logical positional style. His games do contain the things I need to learn but cannot learn from my own games.
That is in no way an easy task!
Look for instance at the following diagram:
Andersson played here g4! which is backed by Houdini and Ivanhoe as the best move.
I can't say I really understand this position. That I could find such move myself. But I recognize it's importance, so I give it a try.
The pawn on b6 is a weakness. It can be attacked with Rc6. Hence the knight is bound to the defence of c6. It is difficult to develop the knight and keep b6. b5 just shifts the problem to a6.
The move g4 is designed to undermine e5 by attacking f6. Or, after f5, gxf5, gxf5 the h-pawn can become weak. So g4 is essentially about inflicting a second weakness. You can find the whole game here.
These positions contain quite new patterns and idea's. An whole other way of looking at the position is needed. I'm very curious for more!