End Times - End Game Part 1 The Cost of Not Preparing
King James Bible
And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD. - 2 Chronicles 12:14
Do you prepare for endgames? Do you find yourself in overwhelmingily won middle game positions only to have the game snatched away from you? Perhaps it times to prepare for these situations.
Now, you may say, "I knew how to play the end game but I was just tired." Well, you may know it, but do you know it well enough to play when your tired? When you just worked a 12 hour shift, when you played an intense opening and middle game filled with subtle tactics and positioning maneuvering...do you still know it then?
You may say "I know how to play this end game but I was under time pressure." Well, do you know the end game well enough to be able to play it under time trouble. Apparently not. And did it not cross your mind that had you known, really know, these typical end game structures it may have saved you time in the opening and middle game? No?
You may say, "Well, I'm going to focus all my times on openings and middle games. Not even going to bother with end games. I think that is going to be a more productive use of my time." Maybe so. But it may not be much fun when you've sat at the board for 3 hours and then lose the game in the last two minutes.