Students Analysis (10)

Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

The third and last foray into our graduation exam for level 5 looks at how the students delivered the winning combination. It is important to keep in mind Lasker’s opinion:
The hardest game to win is a won game
However, this is not enough. We need to practice winning our won positions and games during training on a regular basis. It is the only way we get into the habit of doing it, helping us out in any situation. The most critical one normally is in time trouble.

In below diagram, it is White to move and win. There are different ways for that to happen, as well as for the game to go in the opposite direction. With all the time in the World, this is not a very complicated puzzle. Please give it a try and then move on to see how the students solved it. The annotations below are by my students.

Got the winning idea. Overall he gave the most complete answers. You could tell he spent time adding annotations for all.

Short sighted, his solution wants to be cute. It works in this case. However, it is consistent with his game play. Many a time he ended up drawing or even losing such positions.

Got the winning idea. Eliminating the tension at the first move is also consistent with his overall play. He forgets how well tactics such as pinning can be used to give the opponent no chances.

Sent his solutions later. The same as Walter, he misses the potential of using a devastating pin along the a1-h8 diagonal. His solution works anyway. However, you can tell he likes to play it safe and that is not always the best course of action.

I was pleased to see three out of four good answers. This means that as far as our lessons are concerned, they grasped the concept of exchanging into a simply won endgame if possible. They would not waste any time looking for a big blow tactics that does not exist. It is up to them to continue practicing in order to get better at it. How would you score the above solutions? Which one do you think is the best?

Eugen Demian

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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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