Inside the Mind of a Chess Fighter
Hi there, as you know I’m always interested in analysing chess games from all standards and rating levels. I’ve decided to pull together a short series of 10 games to show how not to play against opponents rated higher than yourself and also to look in to the mindset of how the higher rated player operates on the board i.e. how they achieve a better advantage, what is their strategy, what tactics they are using etc.
For me personally it’s great to be able to at least try and understand some of the major characteristics of the differences in playing levels, The project outline was to join an online chess site and actually play like a beginner/intermediate level rating with the explicit objective that ‘I wasn’t allowed to win the match’ but had to put up a good enough fight to show how it is that lower rated players come off worse when playing higher rated players
I thought it would be a great idea to surprise a chess friend of mine ‘Calcina’ who by the way has some serious high level mad skills on the chess board. He plays ‘New School’ chess not ‘Old school’. What’s the difference? An abundance of imagination and a menacing Endgame Opening that’s the difference 🙂
To keep the games as real as possible, I didn’t tell Calcina what I was doing with the project, so the matches that I have recorded are his genuine responses to my wacky play.
So a quick recap on the projects objectives;
- Show how not to play against opponents rated higher than yourself
- Look in to the mindset of how the higher rated player operates on the board i.e. how they achieve a better advantage, what is their strategy, what tactics are they using etc.
- Understand some of the major characteristics of the differences in chess playing levels
The key learning points from each of the games are detailed under each of the videos
Working pieces together, understanding move order, appropriate targeting, giving better positions to opponent instead of negative ones, mindful of where you put pieces
Developing opponents pieces rather than own, be offensively defensive
Protect king and squares around King, Be first, position pieces correctly where they will be most effective,
Make sure your checks on the opponents king has follow on continuations of checks and attacks, keep the pressure on, being too fancy will lose you pieces and position, your moves have to mean something and lead on to greater things, your pieces should have a function a purpose, look at the move order/tempo count intently or suffer the case of the missing pieces,
Greedy munch will make your pieces sluggish and ill placed, look wholistically at the game not just a small part of it, check the chain reaction from your potential moves, look at what the opponent can do to you
A highly developed pawn is a monster, its deadly beyond deadly, it acts as a platform for other pieces such as knights, bishops etc stop them, block them don’t ignore them
See a bishop on a diagonal to your king, move your king. If you try and be fancy with discovered threat attacks, check what the opponent can do as well or else it will all be for nothing – Be first
When thinking of exchanging make sure that no other pieces can spoil your chain reaction
Check out your opening, make sure your King is not left over exposed. Be first when thinking of attacking, when thinking of moving a main piece sit back and think, can it be taken. Don’t give the opponent the advantage.
Calculate potential endgame moves, expect the unexpected, watch and protect your blindspots, use pieces in combination with each other.
That’s all folks 🙂
So sadly, that’s the end of this series. I know I found it useful taking part in this project. I did tell Calcina about the project at the end, to which he admitted he did have his suspicions that something wasn’t right, but, he took it in great spirit and loved whooping me big style 🙂 I must thank Calcina for being such a good sport and providing some great entertaining games to watch and reference.
Bye for now
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