Tartakower once said “Mistakes are already there, they just have to be made”. Combinations on the chess board also seem to create themselves, are often overlooked, and later discovered during analysis. Just like in today’s first example, in which Schauwecker missed his lucky shot..
Brunner – Schauwecker, 1992. An episode of the Zurich Team Championship: 1…Rxf1+ 2.Rxf1 Qxh2+ 3.Kxh2 Nxf1+ But that never happened; Black strayed off the past before the positioning the diagram and lost the duel
The late ones aren’t always punished; sometimes the second best way may still be good enough, like this positioning proves: White is in favorable position played Qf2-f5 and later on won.
What great move did White miss?
Huss – Pandavos, 1984. He missed, that the simply move 1. Qf4 would have won much faster than e.g. 1…Qxf4 2. Rxh6+ Qxh6 3. Rg8 and checkmate.
Happy ever after? Well, training the mind’s eye and the strategic vision is certainly a way! But factors like insecurity, fear, or inner paralysis should not be underestimated, especially when the pressure of winning a won duel becomes unbearable. Speaking generally, any template game can hamper creativity or even hide the obvious.
“Do not castle, even though you can!“ is what you’d tell Black (on the move) in this duel. Why?
The positioning arose out of a Scottish match after 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Sc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Qg6 7. Nd2 Sf6 8. Qc2 and after 8… 0 – 0 ?? Black loses a chessman because of the tactical advantage of e7: 9. Nxc6 Bxe3 10. Ne7+. And there he comes again: Master Tartakower! Simple speculation for an opponent’s mistake would rather degrade the outcome of the duel to a fortuitous matter. Luckily, this is not the way to go in chess. But without eagle eye no game!
Akopian – Ponomariov, FIDE Grand Prix 2002. Certainly a mistake! The move 1…g5 was supposed to allow approaching the kingside, as the half-closed and stable center offered no advantage. Unfortunately, the other side of the board held a threat: 2.Nc5 made defending the bishop and defeating the attacker impossible! After 2….dxc5 3.Rxd7 h6, Black was awarded for not seeing: sporadic, weak pawns on the queenside, a poorly positioned bishop, and on top of that, an unwanted guest..
written by Frank, translated by Birthe