Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Tactics is not all

Just look at my disaster yesterday at our City Championship, round 2. I was White. After 1. e4 e6 2. b3 d5 3. Bb2 dxe4 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Qe2 Be7 6. O-O-O O-O 7. Nxe4 a5 I had to follow one of two conflicting rules.

Tactical Rule: Avoid opponent rook on open file against your King.
Strategic Rule: In opposite castlings do not advance pawns when attacked.

I followed tactics and played 8. a4?, came under heavy pressure, blundered and lost. End of the story, but a nice lesson. Building up pressure is a matter of strategy, not tactics. Using this pressure to win is a matter of tactics.


At 10:47 PM, Blogger Pawn Sensei said...

Are you going to contact Don or DG?


At 9:06 AM, Blogger Mousetrapper said...

Done, yesterday.

At 11:23 AM, Blogger Temposchlucker said...

Tactical rule 1: neglect moves of the enemy until you are nearly mated. Then walk to the Kingside. You are on c1 anyway.


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