The Chess Wanderer

"Les pions sont l´âme du jeu" Francois-André Philidor, 1749

Saturday, February 04, 2006

When GMs blunder

Found this beauty in my "Chess Tactics for Beginners" CD that I received yesterday. Made me feel better about the times where I drop a major piece.

[Event "URS-ch49"]
[Site "Frunze"]
[Date "1981.12.??"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Mikhalchishin, Adrian"]
[Black "Romanishin, Oleg M"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "D85"]
[WhiteElo "2535"]
[BlackElo "2590"]
[PlyCount "24"]
[EventDate "1981.11.??"]
[EventType "tourn"]
[EventRounds "17"]
[EventCountry "URS"]
[EventCategory "12"]
[Source "ChessBase"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 c5 8. Be3 Qa5 9. Qd2 Nc6 10. Rb1 cxd4 11. cxd4 O-O 12. d5 Bc3 0-1

Fun fact. Three years earlier, Mikhalchishin had beaten a young Kasparov in tournament play.

Friday, February 03, 2006


I've been thinking about visualization lately. I know a few of the Knights have mentioned it in their posts before so I would like to ask for opinions.

In your experience:

1. Does the ability to see all the threatened squares at a quick glance help in a chess game?

2. If so, what do you think is the best way to learn how to do this? I have software that has a "threatened squares" button that will show me visually how much real estate each person has. Or does this ability come naturally after playing thousands of games?