Quick Decisions (4)

“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.

Eugen Demian

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

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:
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