Quick Decisions (6)

“Choices are the hinges of destiny”

A couple of games from the past 2 rounds of our club tournament provided instructive positions. The first one of them is from an endgame. Black’s last move was 29… c6. Have a look at the position but not at the solution and decide what you would have played as White. The fact White is winning should not lure you into a rushed decision. Here is your opportunity to prove you understand chess:

The second game could be described as a comedy of errors. White needed a win to remain in the second place and have a theoretical chance to catch the leader. Black is a promising player who has been heavily affected by the overall situation we are all going through. He could take only for so long being forced to do lessons and playing online. Now he has lost his focus and interest. Hard to believe he is in the last place. Below game illustrates this very well:

One lesson we can learn out of the above is to make sure we understand any position, no matter how simple it looks to be. Chess is played under fast time controls these days and in future. As a result improving our positional understanding must be one of the main aspects to focus on in our chess preparation.

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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