(PRUDENT) ATTACK WITH LARRY C
I have been following Larry Christiansen's weekly presentation of "ATTACK WITH LARRY C" on the Internet Chess Club. I really enjoy watching aggressive plays in chess with slam dunk finishes ala Kobe Bryant (GO LAKERS!) in the NBA. As I had mentioned in my previous blogs I am also an aggressive attacker. The only difference between my attack and Larry C's is the execution - his are often flawless while mine are often miscalculated.
Aggressive attacks can make the opponent panic and miss the correct moves, and I usually attribute winning a game of chess to the mistakes made by the losing player. However, during the second round of this year's U.S. Chess Championship, which was played yesterday, it was the flawless execution of the ATTACK of LARRY C that decided the game. LARRY C had also shown that attacks should not have to be aggressive all the time.
He was prudent but deadly with his move 17.Bd2, where almost everybody must have probably been thinking at that point to go after black's king. Instead, he went after black's estranged queen with a very silent poke, 17.Bd2, and whispered to black, "your lady is mine..." That must have been so insulting to his equally great and macho opponent having his queen be taken away from him by the fairly looking LARRY C. So instead of resigning, SEIRAWAN, also an ICC commentator, expressed how hurt his feelings was by making a few more nuisance moves.
With his kingside undeveloped and without his queen, you can tell that those few moves at the end were just some spite moves.
This tells me, attacking moves should not have to be all aggressive. You could also break your opponent's heart by going after his queen.