For a while after I started playing again in 2011 I would jump at the chance to take a draw either from a stronger player in almost any position, or from an evenly matched player when I didn’t have a dominating position.
Lately I’ve gone to the opposite extreme. I don’t want draws at all. On the surface that’s not the end of the world since it’s a piece of advice that you see many players given by coaches in their quests to improve.
On the other hand, it can be very bad when someone goes to such great lengths to avoid draws as to play intentionally bad moves.
Take this position for instance. I’m white and it’s my move.
The correct candidate moves are 30.Bxc6, or possibly even 30.Bd5. However, I didn’t want to exchange pieces. I wanted to keep as many pieces on the board as I possibly could.
So I played 30.f3 and my position immediately goes from slightly worse (once the bishops come off I’ll have some light square issues) to strategically dead lost.
This is clearly a serious issue that I need to work to overcome.
Til Next Time,