Losses Reveal Our Innerself
Feb 23, 2017, 7:54 PM
Losses reveal holes in our thinking. Congratulations to my opponent for their excellent play. I learnt much from this defeat, and hope it stands me in good stead for the future.
Primarily it is priority. I have my priority entirely wrong in this position.
Black to Move
I was short sighted to see that after 18. ... Nxc4 I hit the Bishop and have Rb8 to come.
Yet is it not the c4 pawn I so desire. That already has pressure on it. It is the c5 pawn that I am to eliminate.
More so, it is not material I must guard against but rather the coordination of my pieces. They end up very poorly.
I had missed (when I played 19. ... Nxc4 preparing a fork at c2) that my opponent has Qa5 to get out of the fork.
Many a good lesson in priority and calculation as well as materialism.
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