What An Amazing Game! Serper-Nikolaidis

It’s not often that you see a game where someone sacrifices this many pieces. This is one of the greatest games I have ever seen.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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Comparitive Analysis and Evalution Issues

Lately I have come to realize that there are two issues that are the main cause of my stagnation for the last couple of years.

In order I believe them to be comparative analysis and evaluation of the resulting positions.

Here is an example from one of my games at the US Open.  Take a look at this position, with Black (me) to move.

Here I became fixated on the idea of 24…Nxd5. I was looking at the idea of 25.exd5 e4

I was thinking that I would wind up with a much better position after something like 26.Qd2 exf3 27.gxf3.

The problem though was that I didn’t look at any other moves.  So I became fixated on this one idea and it became far too east to convince myself that it must be good since it was the only thing I was looking at.

But let’s go back to this:

The problem is that White has a nice intermezzo. Can you find it? It’s at the bottom of this post.

Had I been looking at other candidate moves and comparing them I would have also considered moves such as 24…axb4 or 24..Rc8, etc.

Perhaps I still would have miscalculated and played 24…Nxd5, but I would have had a more open mind. (For the record the real blunder came a few moves later in the game…)

My other issue is evaluation of the resulting positions. Far too often I can’t tell when a position is even versus slightly better or slightly worse.

By “slightly” let’s say like 1.0 in engine evaluation. Of course that can mean a swing of nearly 2.0 on any given move. Let’s say that I have a position that’s 0.00 and one move is +.75 in my favor while the other is -.75 against me. That’s 1.5 in difference.

Sure, most obvious moves I will at least catch. If there is some glaring issue I do tend to notice those. For instance the doubled isolated f pawns resulting in the line I calculated above which my opponent avoided with the zwischenzug. It’s the more subtle things that I need to work on.

I am becoming convinced that the road to 1900 and beyond will be paved with learning to always look at multiple candidate moves.

In order to break 1800 I had to force myself to look at tempo moves all of the time. This seems to be the next step on the path.

Time will tell.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

The intermezzo I missed was

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26.Qc7

Puzzle for August 29, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1… Kxd3 2. g6 Rf2 3. g7 Rxf3 4. g8=Q Rxh3+ 5. Kg2 Rg3+ 0-1

Puzzle for August 28, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1… Rxa7 2. Qxd8 Rxa6 3. Qe7 Rxa1+ 0-1

Puzzle for August 27, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1… c3 2. Nb5 (2. hxg4 Rxh1#) 2… cxb2 0-1

Puzzle for August 26, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Bxb5 Rhd8 (1… Bxb5 2. Nb7#) 2. Bxc6 Nxc5 3. Bb5 Ne4 4. Rxc8 Rxc8 5. Rd7#
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Puzzle for August 25, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Bxh6 Rxf3 2. Rxg6+ Kh7 3. Rg7+ Kh8 4. Rh7+ Kxh7 5. Qg7# 1-0

Puzzle for August 24, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Nh5 g6 2. Bf4 1-0

Puzzle for August 23, 2018

The solution appears at the bottom!

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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The solution to today’s puzzle is:

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1. Nxf6 Qxe2 2. Ng8# 1-0

An Excellent Example of Manuevering

I’ve been looking through a ton of GM games lately for various reasons, and in doing so I stumbled across this gem of a game.

The game features a lot of maneuvering with opposite colored bishops until this position is reached:

Here White takes advantage of the opportunity to get queens off while winning a pawn and gaining a mass of center pawns in the process.

After further maneuvering this position appears on the board:

Here Black commits the critical error by playing 69…Bf1, moving the bishop to a square where it doesn’t factor into the defense of the h3-c8 diagonal.  After a few more deft maneuvers on White’s part Black quickly finds his king tied to the defense of a pawn and White’s pawns marauding.

This game is a very Carlsenesque example of how to maneuver until your opponent makes a slight slip which then becomes exploitable.

Here is the entire game.

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott

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