Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 5

Yes, you can become a chess master, here's how: part 5

NM aww-rats
Nov 11, 2014, 1:07 PM |

I left off part 4 with this position:

White has a forced mate and over the next few moves, misses 31. Ne7+ Kb6 32. a5#. Granted, it's still a 15 1 game with players rated below 900 so we can't expect perfection. Without Time Stamping, no way to know how much time the players spent on their moves. However, as poor as some of the move choices are, this game is providing a wealth of learning material for you all. That is the focus. If I wanted perfection, I would bore you with another take on the Carlsen-Anand match.


Iasked last time why White played 29. c3 when she could safely play either 29. b4+ or 29. d4+. She didn't realize her Knights controlled these squares and instinctively pushed c3 to prepare a pawn check next move. Board awareness is the thinking deficiency at play here. Maybe wi think of Knights going forward, with less emphasis on stepping back with them. Knights are such fun pieces. When you move a Knight, think where it can go next. This will help your board awareness and help you coordinate your pieces better.


Here are the next few moves. At move 33, both players decline making captures. White passes on the Rook on f7, Black on the Knight on d5. (It was available earlier in the game as well). Seems White is focused on getting a new Queen and this could lead to her downfall as she blunders horribly on move 36.

Now after 36. Nc7?? The position deserves a puzzle. Black to play and do the best he can. (He didn't find it in the game, fortunately for my student!) I should finish this game next blog.