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Understand The Position 31: Curses, Like Chickens Come Home to Roost (Tata Steel ’12)

GM Ján Markoš | February 14, 2012 – 15:31One Comment | 1,237 views
Understand The Position 31: Curses, Like Chickens Come Home to Roost (Tata Steel ’12)

Who likes to defend? It is very annoying to have a bad position. However, to be in a bad position without any hope for a counterplay is almost a physical suffering for a chess player. Any stronger chess player would prefer unhealthy, but complicated position to slightly worse endgame without counterplay.

Translated by: Dusan Turcer

And when a strong chess player already finds himself in a position without counterplay, he is still trying to look for some chances. He behaves like an animal which was pushed into a corner – looks for any tricks and does not play “fair”. A desire to escape from a worse position by swindling the opponent is similar to a desire to win the lottery, which is often felt by poor people. I am firstly checking some unusual tactics while being in a worse position; only when I am convinced that it does not work, I turn to a normal continuations…

Similarly, David Navara tried to get off the hook in the 3rd round of Tata Steel Chess Tournament. He was a pawn down with Radjabov and he would need to demonstrate a very strong defense under normal circumstances. He, therefore, tried something abnormal:

Radjabov – Navara, Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2012, Black to move:

Some day or other there was a competition on one of the TV channels for the funniest answer to the question: “When you buy a shirt in the shop, how many pins were used during its packaging?” The winning answer was: “Always one more than you would think.”

Today’s story also included one pin more than David Navara had thought. 32. Bb5 was the last pin in the Black’s coffin. And so once again the Slovak proverb was acknowledged: “Curses, like chickens come home to roost.”


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