The necessary factor of your progress – 2

Let me give you some examples of personal bias in chess. Please, read carefully; just to ensure that these statements don’t describes you :)
1) Chess players often try to find an excuse of their loss. It usually goes something like this:
- “Today I didn’t feel well.”
- “I had a winning position, but lost my concentration and played carelessly.”
- “I slept badly/not enough”
- “I’ve had some personal problems.”
- “I was tired because of a trip/something else”
This list can go on… and these factors can have an influence on a chess player. Let me tell you something though.
I know a lot of titled players, who take part in tournaments not only to get prizes and to make chess progress, they also go to have a good time! And they do! These players then show up the next morning for chess…and their condition is… well, not so good :) They almost didn’t sleep and woke up with a hangover. Of course this is not the best example of a sport routine. HOWEVER, they still find a way to win!
What am I trying to illustrate with this example? I want you to admit one simple thing: your chess results depend on your chess skills. That is just it. All other arguments are mainly lame excuses!

2) Here is another example of partiality: a chess player starts thinking that he understands chess at a much higher level than he actually does.
I receive a lot of feedback (e-mails etc.) from my pupils and customers. Some of them write something like this:
- I play at an expert level in chess.
- I am an advanced player.
- I play on the master/fm/gm level.
- I play well and now I only need to improve some openings to reach fm/im/gm level.
- I know all the basic chess ideas already.
When I ask such person about his rating, he usually answers: “It is not so high now, but…” I stop reading right after the word “but”.
Your rating is the most objective indicator of your skill. All other evaluations of your skills are just your dreams.
Please, hear me out, it is not my intention to offend you. I want to help you to be more objective and stimulate your chess development!

Here is the solution to the task, which I gave you in the previous issue.
White played 1.Ne4!! I am glad if you were able to find it.
If black takes the knight 1…Rxe4, then 2.Qxd8 with a huge advantage.
If black takes the queen 1…Nxf6 2.Nxf6+ Kh8 3.Nxe8, then white is threatening Bd4+, Ng5, Nf6 and black has no defense.
Do you think it is the end? Actually it is only a beginning…:)
Black played 1…Re7 and here is the next task for you:
Find white’s next move. I’ll give you 5 attempts. You may think about the position as long as you need. Please, select 5 candidate-moves, which are good for white in your opinion. You may not use computer assistance.
You will find the right answer with analysis in the next blog post.


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