“What Say You?” The 1 Minute Challenge (62)

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer
Bruce Lee

A quick reminder how it works:

  • Have a look at the position for 1 minute (watch the clock)
  • Think about the choices in front of you and pick the one you feel it is right
  • Verify it in your mind the best you can
  • Compare it with the solution

This past week we got a tactical treat in one of the games at Meltwater Champions Chess Tour Finals. You might have seen it or not; either way let’s use it as an opportunity to practice to practice your tactical skills. White used 1 minute and 45 seconds to go for it. This means that you can be more generous with the time you give yourself to figure it out.

White is winning anyway. Normally this takes away some of the pressure. However, do not let it take your concentration as well. The Black king is deserted and should not survive a final assault on his position. Rc7 is in its best spot and that could sound odd because all the other White pieces fall in that category. The only question is what is the most precise line to win it?

If you have reached this position, consider this a first accomplishment. Finding and playing the unstoppable winning continuation from here on would be the second accomplishment. Regardless how much time to took to get here, take a few more minutes to replay the whole combination from beginning to end. See how the White pieces play together like a well tuned orchestra. It is that level of harmony you should strive for in your personal chess quest.

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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