Quick Decisions (5)

“Choices are the hinges of destiny”
Pythagoras

Our club tournament is into its second half. The results are beginning to matter for the final standings. One of the students was on the verge of running away with it. This is what a 5 out of 5 result gives you. The round 6 encounter with another pretender, who previously dropped a couple of points as a result of silly mistakes, was the game of the round. It featured the Morra gambit which generates exciting games. The leader was playing White. Here it is:

White was ready to attack and Black’s position did not look very promising. It is the kind of position the Morra gambit gives you. It cannot win the game for you, but gives you a very good chance to obtain a solid advantage. In a 15 minutes per player game, it is one I would take 10 out of 10 times. Let’s see what White managed to do with it:

After some more or less acceptable maneuvering for both sides, White is in the position to cash in. You could ask how can you see that in the heat of the battle? Well, the queen, bishop and f3-knight are all nicely lined up to attack Black’s castle. On top of it the castle is completely deserted. I was watching this live and my immediate instinct was 26. Qxh6 … must win it quickly for white. The fact Ne2 is under attack is inconsequential in comparison. White had the game and possibly the championship trophy right there for grabs. It would have been a nice touch to win it this way!

The game dragged on by another 20 moves when Black checkmated White. It is the survival of the fittest. We should be in for 3 more exciting rounds to decide the champion. There are a couple of lessons to learn out of this less than perfect game:

  1. When the opportunity presents itself, make sure you notice it first and then go for it
  2. Do not just stand around waiting for the opponent to blunder. Black was lucky not to lose in spectacular fashion

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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