Concrete Problems, Part 4
Hello everyone! I'm writing this intro on a Sunday - unusual for someone like me who usually takes the first couple of days of my blogging week off. But I figure that I need to start posting more frequently - after all, @EOGuel, an excellent blogger in his own right, posts at least twice a week, and I think it helps if new readers don't have time to forget about me between posts.
It's not going to be hard with IM Herman Grooten's award-winning classic by my side. Chess Strategy for Club Players is a gift that keeps on giving: many dozens of GM games and exercises and a treatment of chess strategy which lines up beautifully with what I've posted so far.
Happy New Year, everyone! I hope you enjoy this post.
"It is easier to climb Mount Everest than it is to beat Garry Kasparov" - a GM, quoted by @Debistro
Quotes are a wonderful thing. The one featured above (taken from this delightful forum thread) epitomizes the vast range of chess skill levels. Another one ("every 400 point difference is equal to being roughly twice as good at chess as a weaker player", paraphrased, I can't remember who said this) allows me to explain chess ratings to non-chess players.
In short, titled players are amazing. A 2200 has 4 times the chess skill of a 1400. A 2600 has double that. And as we saw in my last post - titled players spit on moves and ideas that amateurs are afraid of. In this post, we'll look at a few examples and simply ask: How?
Let's start with last week's example. I annotated it simply last time, but the opening has some hidden depths which I can't wait to look into.
Just as it looks like Black has achieved a key break, the strong 16. Ne3! shatters the illusion. Of course, most pawn breaks are more convincing than this. In one of my 90 30 games (yes, the same one), the refutation required me to string together a few different elements of the position in the face of some psychological pressure, and as is usual for games I use for these posts, I wasn't up to the task.
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