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Understand The Position 33: “Unintentional Checkmate”

GM Ján Markoš | February 29, 2012 – 15:46No Comment | 1,326 views
Understand The Position 33: “Unintentional Checkmate”

When students in Slovakia finish high school, they are giving their friends graduation announcements. When I recently received such graduation announcement from one of my students, it had the following motto on it: “Always aim for the Moon. Even if you miss, you’ll end up among the stars.” Kind of poetical, right? But there’s also some truth in it.

Translated by: Dusan Turcer

It’s good to have high goals. Even if it seems almost impossible to achieve them. Because – as one proverb says – even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Fortune favors the brave ones. On the other hand, who stays away from chances, either because of a fear or on behalf of a sort of “realism” and some “caution”, will never end up among stars.

Youthful World Champion Hou Yifan is already one of the top stars. And not without reason; she demonstrates her great performance in every tournament. She was recently shining during Gibraltar Open, where she almost won the 1st place. After all, Nigel Short overtook her, but she left behind the whole group of 2700+ players: Mamedjarov, Laznicka, Movsesian, Svidler, Le Quang and others.

Of course, she had luck as well. But she always went at least half the way towards it. This is also demonstrated by the following example:

Hou Yifan-Le Quang Liem, Gibraltar Open 2012, Round 8, White to move:

What to say? Who doesn’t try anything, will never go wrong, but will actually never do anything.

That’s why ice hockey players shoot from almost any position. They rarely score from a bad position, but if they don’t shoot at all, they never score. And it happens from time to time that puck simply “falls” into the goal. Because fortune really favors the brave ones…


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