54 ( +1 | -1 ) Novice Nook # 30Wow, into the 30's! Thanks for sticking with it, folks. This week's article is called "A Fistful of Lessons" and focuses on how badly one can screw up a won game. Some of these errors seem incredible, but "let he who is without sin...." Also, the instruction on how the games should have been won is worthwhile, especially Example 2, which is a pawn endgame that might not be so obvious at first to those of us in novice and intermediate land.
72 ( +1 | -1 ) Great article!Fun positions. Disasters are always entertaining. A corrective, by the way, to the comments made in the 'bad sportsmanship' thread. I recall a pickup game in which I had so thoroughly outplayed my opponent that he had remaining a K+R (2 pieces, that is) against my ... well damn near everything, really. Comes the King hunt, the enemy king gets chivvied all the way down to g3 (I had White) where it stood in front of my castled king. By this time White's K-side pawns had disappeared or advanced far up the board. 'H'mmm,' thinks I, 'No quick kill. Let's just threaten mate in one.' Instant response: ...R(from somewhere unnoticed on the c-file)-c1 checkmate! It is such episodes that make me reluctant to criticise opponents who play like Custer. Cheers, Ion