Archive for October 16th, 2020

Carlsen plays a number two and wins in the endgame. I have to admit, the losing move is an absolute shocker for someone with such a high rating -even I could see straight away it was wrong, as well as what he should have played. To what extent this victory exemplifies the fear factor in play when endgames arise in his games I don’t know but he clearly was aware that he was much stronger in the endgame than his opponent (and just about everyone else!). Maintaining the distant opposition in king and pawn endgames is a basic principle we all know but it just goes to show we are all fallible when under pressure. In the thumbnail below white has just played Kd3, allowing black to win with Kd6. Kd2 was the move that would have drawn the game.

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…come rain or shine tonight I shall be off to the chess club…

…an attempt to provide pictures of the route shall be made…

… (six hours on)…and here they are…

…me play only da six games afore de weather taketh a turn for thy worst in thee city centre beseeched by da protests, and moi a slow journey home above de riots…

Marcus McCreadus

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