The first three parts of this article were devoted to the analysis of typical mistakes that cause opening disasters (and you would agree that it is a real disaster to lose a game in 10 moves or less!). Today you have a chance to demonstrate the knowledge that you have acquired by passing the opening disasters mega-test! In all the games we'll analyze today a titled player (a Master or a Grandmaster) made a terrible mistake and your goal is to punish the offender. If you cannot spot the winning shot, please refer to the theoretical part of this article (parts 1-3). Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".
Now let's count the results:
10 correct answers - you are a true tactical expert and chances are you'll never experience an opening catastrophe like in the games we just analyzed.
7-9 correct answers- you are not a spring chicken in chess. To further bullet-proof your chess (and particularly openings), pay more attention to forcing moves.
4-6 correct answers - you see simple threats but still miss some typical tactical patterns.
less then 4 correct answers - you need to work more on tactics. Please re-read the first three parts of this article.
I hope you enjoyed the test!