Quick Decisions (7)

“Choices are the hinges of destiny”

My student shared with pride below end of the game. Do have a look at the line he chose to win it and form an opinion about it. Would you play the same or differently?

The first move I questioned was 36… Rd4. It did not feel the most direct approach to the final assault. My gut feeling was to play as shown below:

The other move I definitely rejected was 38… exf2. Having the opportunity to create two passed pawns on the 2nd and rd rank should never be missed:

So what was in the end your verdict? Which of the above choices matched yours? They all led in the end to victory. We concluded that White had the best chance in the game line until playing the blunder 40. Kf1? … A better move there could have extended the game a while longer. It is important to come up with the correct decision when the clock is ticking.

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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