Mar 142019

I find it interesting going through my own games from the pre-computer age of chess. It certainly shows me that I wasn’t very good when I started playing seriously, but it also reveals that I wasn’t that great at analysis either.

There are more than a few games where I’ve kind of remember playing well, but after putting it through a modern engine, I’ve realised that it was more a question of “who makes the second last mistake” that decides the outcome. 
The game I’ve chosen to show this was not in fact my first (or second choice). However, those games turned out to be true blunder fests (including missed forced mates from my opponents), leaving me with this relatively tame example. There were a couple of opportunities for me to gain the upper hand (14.fxe6! and 18.Bxd5!) but the real mistake for my opponent was 22…Nf5. This allowed me to capture on d5, and get the tactics working in my favour. Fortunately there were no big mistakes after that (although I did miss a line leading to a quicker checkmate).

Press,Shaun – Cohen,Stan [B23]
Doeberl Cup (7), 04.04.1988 new PgnViewer( { boardName: “game956”, movesFormat: “default”, pgnString:’1.e4 c5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 d6 4.Nf3 g6 5.Bc4 Nh6 6.O-O Bg4 7.h3 Bxf3 8.Rxf3 Bg7 9.d3 e6 10.Rf1 a6 11.f5 gxf5 12.Bxh6 Bxh6 13.exf5 d5 14.Bb3 Qg5 15.fxe6 fxe6 16.Qe1 Qe3+ 17.Kh1 Nd4 18.Qh4 Qg5 19.Qxg5 Bxg5 20.Rae1 Kd7 21.Rf7+ Kc6 22.Ne2 Nf5 23.Bxd5+ Kxd5 24.Nc3+ Kc6 25.Rxe6+ Nd6 26.Ne4 Kd5 27.Rxd6+ Ke5 28.Rdd7 Bf4 29.Rde7+ 1-0′, pauseBetweenMoves: 500, pieceSize: 29 } );

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Source: Chessexpress