Honesty, is Such a Lonely Word

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I mentioned in an earlier post that you have to be honest with yourself. 

That doesn’t mean part of the time or some of the time. It means all of the time. Today I come across this position:

First, take a minute and calculate what you would play here. White to play and win.

OK, did you solve it?

Here’s what I came up with. 22.Ne6 fxe6 23.Qf6.Boom! I win.

Nope. What did I miss?

Simple. After Qf6 Black can play 23…Qf8. Here 24.Rc7 wins.

But I did not see that when I was solving it.

So I think that counting ones like this as failures is a huge step on the journey to improvement.


Here’s the game:

Til Next Time,

Chris Wainscott