76 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook # 55This week's article is one that will be near and dear to players at all levels. It's called "Quiescence Errors". It refers to that state of mind where you think you've analyzed the tactical lines to the end, but, lo and behold, there was something more there. Either there's a tactical shot available to your opponent that you failed to spot or, equally possible, it was there for you but you missed it.
Heisman provides a lot of appropriate examples from the simple to the more complex and I'm sure we could all come up with some of our own. Enjoy.
I'm going to be on a road trip for the next two weeks so won't be posting new Novice Nooks for awhile. Take care, ws
65 ( +1 | -1 ) I want to share an example of me being a victim to this. And I thought the correspondence nature of the games here would put an end to this...
My comment on the 28th move basically points this out. I had looked briefly at 30. Ng3+ (along with other knight checks) and concluded that they lose a knight and are therefore not worth considering.
The problem as I see it is that we'll all say, "Ah, yes, I get it. Ok, I'll never let this happen to me again." But we all know it will happen to us again, too soon and too frequently. At least it makes us feel like geniuses when we're on the other side of the board.