View every thorn as a rose!

View every thorn as a rose!

Oct 1, 2012, 3:58 PM |

Actually winning is fun, but losing is not so much fun, however one of the most excellent aspects of chess is, that even if we lose, it is a learning experience, or should be. This is of paramount importance, because, unless we are learning, we will make the same mistakes again and again and what is more, the experience of losing again and again may embitter us to the point where we shall simply give up, owing to the painful nature of the experience.  What can help us?  The realisation that we are human and prone to aberration and thus cannot help but make mistakes and that losses provide a wonderful opportunity to learn.  Consider the following games, I have provided some little comments to the students in the form of annotations and practical steps and most importantly encouragement.

1. Requested analysis for Herbie

Hi Herbie, your opening development is excellent, its a game that you should have won easily, never the less, for some encouragement, practice doing tactical exercises with knight forks, use a chessboard and physically point to all the squares that the knight can fork, do this continually over a period of time and you will never miss a knight fork again.  Your opponent had weaknesses, try to focus on them and take courage from this game, despite these oversights, you played excellently, particularly in the opening phase.  For tactics in knight forks, here is a good site,,1,1,1


2. 13yearoldchamp requested analysis:

Hi 13yearoldchamp, some suggestions,

1. when you are playing a CC game, look at the main lines, they are main lines for a reason
2. Develop your pieces, fight for and control the centre before you launch into an attack, many of your opponents will launch premature attacks and commit chess suicide in the process!

3.  Watch out for tactics, especially knight forks, if a knight is in your vicinity, check out what colour of square its on and see if two or more of your pieces are on the same colour complex.

Its a great pity, this is a game that you should have won easily and that is the hardest defeat to take at all, but take courage, you have some excellent ideas and will progress with practice

kind regards Robbie.



3.13yearoldchamp requested analysis II

Hi 13yearoldchamp, I analyse a second game, again, you had an excellent position , great pressure throughout the game, but we build our position and one mistake and it can come crashing down like a house of cards (this is why Einstein never really liked chess, but that was him, we don't mind it, well, not too often anyway), check it out,

1.try to look for the most forcing moves first, push our opponents pieces backwards

2. try to ascertain whether the threat is real or whether we can ignore it and carry out our own threats, if we can ignore it, ignore it.

3. watch out for bishops and queens on the same diagonal as our king

4. try to play in the centre if we can, chess is essentially about the mobility of the pieces, and the centre gives maximum mobility

 Thanks for sharing the game, it was well played and but for one or two mistakes, the point should have been yours, kind regards Robbie and wish you well :)


 4. requested analysis MasonPurifoy:


1. Develop our pieces and then begin an attack unless we have a real killer move, otherwise, get our queen posted and our rooks communicating, avoid premature attacks, our pieces will be on the retreat and we will have given our opponent the initiative ourselves.

2.  Be very careful when capturing pieces, will it increase our opponents mobility, if so, find an alternative.

3.In sharp opening like the Sicilian, it is to whites advantage to open the position, because he has a lead in development, until we are castled, try to keep it closed until you have fully equalised,

hopefully some of the advice is helpful - kind regards Robbie.


In conclusion, truly from the ashes of disaster grows the rose of success, view every thorn as a rose and you will do well, thanks for taking the time to read this blog - wish you well, kind regards Robbie.