Tactical Fireworks in the Classical Ruy

Nov 5, 2013, 4:37 AM |

A theme for three recent OTB wins of mine:

  1. I notice I have a potential weakness in my position
  2. I assess the potential weakness and decide it is defensible, so I take only the bare minimum precautions to protect it.
  3. My opponent sees the potential weakness and attacks prematurely.
  4. My opponent's pieces are lost in the ensuing complications, because I was not nearly as weak as I looked
  5. I win with my superior material in a fairly straightforward finish

(By the way, in the final position, computer finds mate in 12. I probably would have taken more moves, but hey, I will take the pragmatic rather than purist route)