Paralaysis by Analysis

Paralaysis by Analysis

CraiggoryC
NM CraiggoryC
Sep 22, 2016, 9:02 AM |
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I got flagged (for only the 2nd time ever in 1200+ games!) in my round 2 game of the Leigh Hunt Memorial. I could easily blame it on the fact that were using an analog clock and I thought I still had 3 minutes left, while thinking my opponent only had 1 or 2. But this is a bit of a lazy excuse. 

Before we get to the #1 reason for losing this game, let me share with you a quote from the intro of the classic book: "Secrets of Practical Chess" by GM John Nunn. 

"This book is aimed at players who are primarily interested in improving their results. If you are prepared to lose nine game in order to score one brilliant victory, then it (the book-CC) is probably not for you." This is the first two sentences of the book. It doesn't seem profound, and you may still think it's not profound. Sometimes you just need a "knock in the head" (i.e. Simba needed one in "The Lion King") to get you playing practical chess again. Let's get to the game, and why I needed the "knock in the head", as well some other important moments in the game.

Round 2
I spent 20 minutes to play the move 12. Qe2 because I was calculating the consequence of 12...Nxe4. The refutation is simple, if you are willing to look at simple moves. During this game I was too focused on trying to create something "brilliant" instead of just playing good, practical moves. Can you find the refutation of 12...Nxe4?

 
Can you find a nice positional idea here for White, that would keep a nice advantage?
 
 
After the move in the game, can you find the way Black could have immediately equalized the game?
 
*Warning* the above puzzle is long and not forced. I'd recommend you only spend, at most, 5 minutes before you see the answer. The answer is much more instructive than this particular puzzle.
 
The whole game until time scramble:
 
 
Conclusion
It's nice to use your time, and you should, of course, be trying to make the best move you can possibly make. But it's also very important to be practical. The simpler you can make your calculations the better. Don't get trapped trying to be too precise. Sometimes positions (especially ones very tactical in nature) call for you to use a lot of time, but once you determine that your move is going to be positional in nature, it's time to play practical chess. Part of the advantage of having a good position is that your position should be easier to play; you get to put pressure on your opponent. Hope this helps people learn from my mistake: don't get paralysis by analysis!