The 99 Percent, Part 2

The 99 Percent, Part 2

Sep 1, 2013, 9:35 PM |

The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake. – Savielly Tartakower

In the last part (Part 1), I provided a couple of positions to ponder over. Here I provide the positions as puzzles.

I didn't spend enough time on the position and missed the equalizing reply (at least equalizing and according to Houdini, white would actually have a slight advantage). Though, to be honest, I might not have found the continuation even if I had taken more time.

Here is the second position/puzzle:

Initially, both my opponent and I thought this was a drawn position. My initial analysis was that after the queen trade, both pawns would promote, white with check. I went ahead with the trade and before starting the pawn march, I looked at the position again and found the winning idea:

While I didn't see the continuation in the first case, it holds true that one bad move can erase all the previous good moves. In the second case, I didn't see that the position was won until doing further analysis after the trade. In both cases, it shows that I need to continue working on my tactics.

As promised, here are some additional tactics from my games for your enjoyment.

Previous move h6


Previous move Nbd7


Previous move Qb7


Previous move Ba6


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