Power of the initiative

oginschile
oginschile
Nov 5, 2007, 2:34 AM |
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How much is the initiative worth? Depending on your style of play and your opponent, it may be priceless.

 In the following game I played a player who outrated me by close to 200 points. We had played one time previously and he tore through my Caro Kann without giving me a whiff of the initiative. I didn't want to relive that kind of result. In the beginning he once again begins to assert pressure, but I found a way to grab the iniative. It wasn't sound, but it was way more interesting than passive defense which had NOT worked for me before against him.

I grabbed the initiative and kept his king on the run the entire game. The good thing about having the initiative is often times you are the one with all the choices, and your opponent is having to find the correct moves. In the end, my opponent finally cracked and my attack proved too much.

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A prolonged initiative can wear down your opponent, even if it isn't quite sound. Certainly sound play is always best. But if you doubt your ability to play as sound as your opponent, perhaps mixing it up is the next best thing. Especially if you can force him to play defense for an extended time.