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Examples of Winning via Attack IV: My Personal Evolution

As we grow as chess players, our style evolves.  This happens naturally as our positional judgement deepens.  We gain a better understanding of when and how to attack, of where it makes sense and where we are just using wishful thinking.

For most of my chess development, I’ve been an aggressive player.  I started with 1.e4 and 2.Qh5 in more games than I care to admit.  The King’s Gambit played a large role in my opening repertoire.  My entire chess strategy was 1. Develop pieces, and 2. Throw pieces at the enemy King.  Crude, but if your opponent makes one mistake you win in 18 moves, so that’s pretty nice.

Along the way, though, I gained a much stronger positional grasp of the game, and this greatly curtailed my attacking tendencies.  When I did attack, they were usually because the position demanded it, not because I felt like it.  Here are some examples of my game maturing over the years. Continue reading

Chess Bio V: My Second Great Teacher

After my first chess tournament, I realized how little I knew of chess and how much further I could grow.  I wanted to be the best.  Indeed, chess had always been one of the rare things I was unquestionably good at, and discovering I wasn’t as good as I thought booth shook me and motivated me.  I needed to get better, and it was here I first discovered chess literature.  I lived in a rural Canadian town, so it’s not surprising I had never ran into any chess books before.  At the local library, I found exactly two.  One was Fred Reinfeld’s Winning Chess Openings.  It dealt with various specific variations and wasn’t too helpful.

The other was Tarrasch’s The Game of Chess, and it changed my life. Continue reading

Chess Bio II: My Biggest Chess Hurdle

When I moved to a new school, I found to my surprise that all the kids played chess. Not well, but still, a step in the right direction. I could beat everyone … except Daniel. He was a Chinese kid with thick glasses and a brilliantly quick mind. He never did homework, never seemed to try and still pulled off straight A’s. Honestly, we probably had a lot in common, but I couldn’t get over his chess playing.

He did three things that I remember. One, he played Scholar’s Mate. Indeed, his entire style was Scholar’s Mate: Queen and Bishop out, plus the Knight going h3-g5, then the kingside pawns flying after that. He won every game because none of his classmates could stop it.

(No, chess in Canada is not a very big thing. Well, not in the rural areas.  Maybe it’s better in the big cities. Maybe.)

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