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Blitzkrieg and Pawn Endings

Blitzkrieg and Pawn Endings

May 26, 2010, 5:12 PM 4

So I've not really been playing "chess" in the past month.  I've been blitzing moves almost randomly.  I open each game.  I see the first recapture/or other board simplifying move and I take...that simple.  That bad.  Today feels different. I've started working on tactics.  I'm thinking...which is actually where all the fun in chess is. 

I've been playing a few cushy live blitz games...by cushy I mean...7/0 to 10/0 games.  As it gets down to the wire, especially timewise...it's really quite the adrenaline rushing experience and I suspect being at the losing end of these events must be painful for the mind and body. 

My chess foe and I have our tournament set for June 20.  First to win 25 live (2 hr) games.  I'm really bad with long live games as my mind doesn't really want to think out every possible maneuver I'm capable of counting out.  It just flatly refuses to be that obsessively thorough - maybe a subconscious fear of doing all that I can do and still missing something? Unfortunately he's more patient and my ratio of wins against him is much higher in shorter games. I have to adapt. 

So I was working on pawn endings this morning and I'm still quite bad, but I just ran into a problem that I am about to showcase...and what I'd like to know from far higher rated players, how do you even BEGIN to start calculating this position - because I have no clue what to count or even where to begin considering the options:

Mentor calls this a 1200 rated problem.  I don't see how that's possible.  Thoughts?

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