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Re-Learning how to think

Re-Learning how to think

Sep 21, 2017, 1:46 AM 0

You may not really think about it, but the winner or loser in a chess game is determined by the ideas and strategies, good or bad, that the opponents pick.  Call it a clash of ideas.  The person who has better ideas usually wins.  I would like to take you guys though a game that I played with an individual at Starbucks.  I will first show you the game that occurred.  Then, I will show you the game that could have turned out had my opponent triggered an idea that I had in my had had he of done something else.


But what if this happened....


I had an idea.  It was incorrect.  Had this of been a game with another opponent he might have opted  to take that pawn, and I would have went for that variation, and would have lost or drawn the game.  You see it's all about ideas.  What you believe will happen, and what will actually happen.  I believed in this variation I would have had a back rank mate, almost... and at the very least win a lot of material, but my opponent had a saving move, that caused the game to be drawish.


So I understand more fully why Dan Heisman said, "Don't make the first move that comes to mind.  Instead, think of many candidate moves.  Never make only the first move that comes to your mind."  Part of chess is picking the right variation that will lead to an advantage.  I actually could have ignored the pawn grab and went on with my plan in the actual game and would have won because I analyzed the variation further and found that there was nothing he could do to prevent the power of my two bishops.

Notice how my idea in the game completely ignored the fact that these tactics where still there?  The pawn grab didn't change anything.  It's like I was on a spell.  I forgot about the attack on that side of the board and decided to go for another attack that I thought was cooler but it didn't work because he had a saving move.  This is called chess blindness.  It happens when you do not consider all the moves.  It's easy to make an observational error.  Over look something because you start thinking of something else and get side tracked...

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