Bringing Experience To Bear

It is often quite hard for the stronger player to bring his experience and understanding to bear. In the first place he might be playing against someone who has memorised a number of variations and can arrive at a safe position purely be repeating the variations of others. The other problem is that the game might also proceed along lines in which the position doesn’t make enough demands on either player to give prospects of a decisive result. This situation most often arises when the better player is Black because White generally has greater lattitude in deciding how the game will proceed.

One way for the stronger player to deal with this issue is to aim to produce more original and complex types of position. The opponent will then have no theoretical highways in which to propel himself into a comfortable middlegame position and no easy way of navigating the jungle that lies ahead. In the hands of a player such as Romanishin such tactics can prove very effective, yet they also carry a high degree of risk. Constantly innovating and experimenting requires a great deal of energy during a game which can take its toll. And sometimes experiements turn out badly..

David Bronstein was famous for having a highly improvisational approach to his games in which he aimed not so much to control the play but rather plunge into a beautiful adventure in which his extraordinary intuition would come to bear. In the following encounter he effortlessly disposed of a player who had a higher rating than him at the time. After a slightly unusual opening (6.h3) Bronstein outplays his opponent at every stage of the game.