The Importance of a Calculation: Lessons From a 1600-Rated Average Player
Feb 10, 2017, 9:26 PM 0
Here is a game I played against an 1800, almost 200 full points higher rated than me at the time of the game:
Here we have reached the first critical position of the game. My opponent, white, has played well, and I have played badly and gotten myself into a losing endgame, but white has just made an awful blunder. This is a move I spent 4 1/2 minutes on. Find the best continuation for black.
The purpose of this post is to show when it is necessary to calculate, and to drive home the point that if you are losing, not to be too quick to resign, even against higher rated players. Creating complications is the best way to give your opponent a hard time, and you may even be able to squeeze half a point or even a full point out of your opponent.