Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #2

Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms #2

Nov 6, 2015, 4:19 AM |

Chess Wisdom and Aphorisms.

No. 2

Chess is a game of Intelligence and Resolution.


Take a given position in a chess game.  The position suggests a certain plan.  Many players can reach this stage.  They know what they should do.  But the best chess players have a second phase of thought.  They then decide to do it!  They actually make the moves on the board.  The first phase is called planning with intelligence.  The second phase is called planning with resolution.   Use your chess intelligence to tell you where to insert the thin end of the wedge.  Then use the chess resolution to drive it home!


In the above game, the key position is after 7. Bc4  

Black has a plan.  Simply take the Knight on c3 and White has doubled isolated pawns and an isolated pawn.   White was thinking that Black would not part with his Fianchettoed Bishop.   Black has a follow up.   8..Qa5!

And if  9. Qd4 then 10. e5 !   Closing the diagonal and Black has the better game. 

Now notice how the game follows a tense course!   But it all started with noticing a simple plan and then using the chess resolution to start the execution of the plan.  

Paul Mills