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oh a quick question ? what is the single biggest thing of all that makes all the great chess players

Jan 8, 2015, 2:21 AM 0

think about it, what do Polgar and Capablanca have in common ?

Alekhine and Tal ?

Kasparov and Karnov ?

Anand and our current "king" ?

Simply one thing; let me explain, at the start of any game the board is balanced. Staticically white wins 55% of the time on average due to the first move (or more likely being the more "colourful" character) Ha; Ha, get the joke ?

So how does a 50/50 bet on a chess game so quickly become a win or loss depending upon the players ?

One thing. Simply (sorry; not telling you 'yet'), there is probably no player in any era who would ever ever want to face Capablanca in an 'important' "end-game".

Simply Bobby Fischer probably won more important games IN his motel room than actually "over the board". His ability; like Tal 2 simply 'kill' a situation is the stuff of legends...

So what is it about all of these colourful characters that set them more memorably than other players, certainly not all of them were "technical" players; nor indeed 'attackers' such as we see so often in "modern" chess.

Oh ok, i know u r dying 4 the answer, what made these players far more "popular" and 'memorable' in chess players minds was one simple ingredient ; "threat"...

Many players were so intimidated by Fischer they simply loss the "will" to 'win'. Bobby could pull a rabbit out of the hat in amazing circumstances and his enemies knew it. The board would go from one situation to a completley new dynamic in mere moves, it was (and is) this ability to generate "threat" that gives one player more options.

Once one player has more 'good" options than their enemy their chances of winning skyrocket. I myself an a lazy 1500 rating and i rely on a fair (or good) percentage of blunders. 

I estimate a 25 to 33 percent chance of "blunders" giving me an edge which is why i try and keep my blunders under 15%. But grand masters do not make blunders...

grand masters facign grand masters never think "ok now if i get 20% of blunders against me my winnings will be"...

Of course i hear you saying what? "Grand Masters or Super Masters or Mega Masters make blunders"; of course they do. The reason we hear about this 2 to 5% group is that it is unusual at that level of play, Why? I mean who is gonna get interested if you say hey two 1400 rated players played 2 blunders...

So that is the key a side attack should usually be answered with a central counter-offensive; thus you r mitigating their threat while giving them a complication that must analyse out to see who is better situated.

So... my whole reaso nfor this article is to consider the threat level and adjust accordingly. If you are SURE you are two moves in front of the counter attack landing and have a 'mating-net' nealry complete then why not "go 4 the goal of checkmate".

Like who cares about the Queen right, the goal of chess is not a balancing of opposing forces or stalemates. Basically in all your games the primary goal is checkmate and if you are reasonably sure after a brief analysis depending upon time available that you will lose your Queen but seem SURE your mating net will give you checkmate, then by all means look and calculate it out again; but in the end her Ladyship is a worthy sacrifice to bring home that point...

So i am saying try and understand and learn more about threat and how to create and minimise it. BUT always REMEMBER, you may have this awesome unstoppable combo happening and you are threatening to take a rook offa the board.

Well if it is hindering your enemy's development or defense by leaving their dysfunctional rook or embarrassed Bishop on the board, then remeber to evaluate the situation is it worth leaving the threat 'haunting' the "target" or takeing the nearly always superior aspect of a lead in development which means your military bits can be deployed faster and with less interference.

So just because you are threatening sumthing, do not act rashly; let the situation devlop so you can seek. You may still be hurt by a layer of threat while the enemy started moving defenses and players to fight over the threath you made them respond to, but you should still have more useful options and a lead in piece play and that is another leyer of threath they must seek to minimise.

We have all heard of great chess players, but the truly memorable are those who were able to over the board pull rabbits out of their hats and create threats that the enemy just cound not counter or endure; this is the art of attack and that is what modern chess is primarily about...

learn to create threath both to enhance your experience and throw the enemy offa their game plan, if you work on this one area you will win more games since many players are simply unable to coordinate their army well enough to answer even 2 or 3 perceived threats and get their forces into response mode...

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