A new principle
Studio Ending, two moves (Kc3 and Kb1), only one of them is winning

A new principle

Michel2426
FM Michel2426
Jun 30, 2018, 5:41 AM |
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Hello everyone. This is something that happens almost every day, in almost all levels. What makes this issue so special, is that even when it is so common, no one has ever written anything about this in any book or article (at least not that I have seen it). I just learned it by my own experience. That is why I want to share it today and transfer my knowledge to you. 

Imagine that you are playing versus a hard opponent. Suddenly you find that you are winning with one move. And then, you see that there is another move, maybe with a similar idea, that seems to work too. So, you have just found 2 winning moves. Which of them would you play?  Any? That is the situation we are going to study in this post.

The practical principle I want to state says: “Whenever you see 2 winning moves, review, that almost always, only one of them is working”. I know it is not a very deep thought, but it happens more often than you think. Usually, if you make the wrong choice, you will lose, in a position you could have won. Let me show you some examples: 

 

So, this is the idea of this “new principle”. Do not forget it: “Whenever you see 2 winning moves, review, that almost always, only one of them is working”. Now that we have been talking about this, you will see it in your own games. I hope you are better prepared after reading this, whenever that happens.

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By the way, this is my Twitter:

@michechess

I will be posting over there too.