My instructive games - part 3 (King Safety Trumps All)
Chess is not a game where the better player wins.
Chess is not a game where the player who played better wins.
Chess is not a game where the player that was winning for longer duration wins.
Chess is... simply a game where the guy that made the last mistake loses.
Today, I want to write about King safety. Because even though it's so basic, I have a habit of completely forgetting about it.
The main reason is probably because I still have not yet developed a rock solid thought process that should always begin with "is this safe?" I have a problem with being tunnel visioned into my plan only, and completely forget to even think about what plan my opponents might have. And this is intensified when I am low on time.
Of course, even GMs can and do blunder in time trouble, so I guess theres no shame in blundering time trouble per se, but for me, it's not much of a time trouble thing as it is thought process thing. The fact that I am not even LOOKING at my own king each and every move and instead focusing in on how I am going to push a passed pawn costed me several painful games.
And when I looked back at these games, the common theme in them were, the sides that got mated were winning. The prolific American Coach Dan Heisman said "When you are ahead, think defense first." Clearly, I did not follow this advice at all in these games.