Is there any chance that a 1300 rated player can beat a 2700 rated player?

  • #5321

    Such a great question!

  • #5322

    I once had a lucky win against Taimanov in a simul, when I was rated about 1600 and he was about 2500. He outmanoeuvred me completely in an English opening, putting me in zugzwang in the early middle game.

    By the time I became aware I was in trouble, I was about to lose a piece. I searched for a way out, thought I had found it, and played the move very confidently. He didn't bother to calculate it, played what seemed the obvious reply, and then he was losing a piece!

    All I had to do then was exchange down to the ending, when he resigned by just shoving all the pieces into the centre of the board. If he had bothered to check it, he would have seen the two-move deep flaw in my 'escape'.

  • #5323

    Ah! The cunning plan of lulling the master into a false sense of security.

  • #5324

    Cunning plan? By me? I was just out of my depth.

    He outplayed me all the way until he made the mistake of taking my 'escape' move at face value.

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