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Hastings Masters - a preview (also when (and when NOT) to sacrifice a pawn)!

So, we're coming to the end of another year but more importantly we're coming to the start of another Hastings International Congress! This always starts on December 28th, with 1 round a day (yes, even on New Year's Day) until January 6th. It's the 88th edition of the event and it looks like another strong field this year: http://www.hastingschess.com/?page_id=347

Last year I had a pretty disappointing event. Every time I played a higher rated opponent I would get some advantage and then blunder it away in some manner - perhaps I need a New Year's Resolution to look after my pieces a bit better! Here's a good example...

Not a nice game for me to remember but it's one that I should definitely learn from. One of the key's to improving is understanding your weaknesses. I have always overestimated sacrifices, especially when it's "just a pawn or two" and it costs me lots of points!

That doesn't mean I should never sacrifice of course - in the recent London Classic my lower-rated opponent grabbed a pawn I would never have dreamed of grabbing...

Everyone loves to sacrifice material but it's not always a good idea - I'll update you on how the tournament goes in a couple of weeks. For more info on the event check out http://www.hastingschess.com/

Until then... Happy New Year! Smile

Comments


  • 22 months ago

    dokter_nee

    Nice games and annotations, not too difficult for me to understand, I like.

  • 22 months ago

    IM Trendle

    @LeeCooper78 possibly, I don't know. I'm sure they'll mention Sir Patrick Moore who also had a great affiliation with the event.

  • 22 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    I hope there will be some tribute at Hastings to late Svetozar Gligoric. It was his favourite tournament and he kept coming year after year, as a player or as an arbiter.

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