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Think Like a Grandmaster

Postby PaulWeaver » Wed May 07, 2014 9:21 pm

Most are familiar with the title and the exercise which Kotov recommended. I suspect it mostly gets done during games as opposed to training. Here's a game from today with a suitable position for analysis: chess titans (level 10) - Paul Weaver 5/7/14 Benoni Declined 1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 c5 3 e3 g6 4 Nc3 Bg7 5 Nf3 0-0 6 Be2 cxd4 7 Nxd4 d6 8 0-0 Nbd7 9 Re1 Nc5 10 b4? (just the sort of the thing black was hoping to provoke. Black has no weaknesses but there is nothing for him to attack right now) Nce4 11 Nxe4 Nxe4 12 Bd3 Nf6 13 f4? Re8 14 Bd2 a6 15 c5?? (now black gets his chance!) dxc5 16 bxc5 Ng4 17 Qa4 e5 18 Ba5 Qe7 (black would like to play ... Qh4 but he was to play ... Bd7 first) 19 fxe4 Bd7 20 c6 bxc6 21 Nxc6 (adj this portion of the game was played from about 5 -6 in the morning) Qh4 (resumed at about 10:30) 22 h3 Qf2+ 23 Kh1 Nxe3 24 Re2 Qg3 25 Qe4 (Here's that "think like a grandmaster" position. considerable thought was done here and black couldn't find anything better than 25 ... Bxc6. The line which hung me up was 25 ... Rxe5 26 Bc7! Anyone out there have any ideas about a continuation which leads to something better than being a pawn up?) Bxc6 26 Qxc6?? (horrible blunder. Black can't do better than being a pawn up after 26 Bxe3 with a rather technical ending) Bxe5 27 Kg1 Bxa1 (this almost got missed while I was looking at Qh2+ etc. Now white is kaput) 28 Bxa6 Bd4! (this turns out to be a nice preparatory move) 29 Kh1 Be5! (the idea is to play Nf5 and consolidate) 30 Kg1 Nf5 31 Nc4 Nd4! 32 Bxf7+ Kxf7 33 Qc4+ Kg7 (white has nothing) 34 Rxe5 Qxe5 35 Bb6 Qe1+ 36 Kh2 Nf3+! 37 gxf3 Re2+ and black won.
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