“Choices are the hinges of destiny”
We have restarted our club meetings online this past December and it already feels like we have been doing this for a long time. Personally I miss the in person interaction and we will return to this as soon as possible. However being able to meet online is a huge improvement for any chess instructions program. In the same time we have started to play in our club tournament. Three rounds are in the books and the students are getting more comfortable with it.
In order to balance the play and instructions the games are rapid play (15+0). We all love the settings provided by Lychess starting with being able to see live all games of the round. Secondly it is super convenient to be able to download any game score for analysis and save it for future reference. Hope you are doing this more often than not.
This week’s selection is a comedy of errors from round 1. The purpose is to show how quickly the advantage can swing from one side to the other and back. A lesson learned out of it is to spend a bit more time early on to punish the careless play of your opponents. The following two rounds I reminded them of it at the beginning of each round. I was happy to see they were listening. The games are getting longer and the battles take place in the middle game.
The game could have been over in white’s favour within the first 10 moves. It is interesting to note the average time per move was about 6 seconds. White should have used more time to reach a won position.
All of a sudden Black got out of trouble and began to counter attack. It was the back rank weakness that killed White. In the end he never got to move his Ra1.