Collecting Lint

Amalgamated Lint–up 3 points! – Gomez Addams

My game certainly has collected lint lately.

Every Gruenfeld player with Black likes nothing better than White to play e3 … Be2 without moving the queen bishop out to f4 nor otherwise offering challenge Black’s quick rush to the center. Yet in recent weeks I lost two .. two .. games with Black in that, the easiest of lines.

First it was a three week’s pneumonia, but the second game has no such excuse. Chess just stopped for me for a week. My psyche refused to step through the looking glass into Chess’s 1.x-fractal-dimensional world. Perhaps I was sated artistically with tremendous progress in a software system I am currently designing and coding. Perhaps I was merely bored.

In any case, I managed this week, with great difficulty, to eke out a win against a player 400 points below me. I wouldn’t mention it except for the worst move of the game, which is quite instructive. It’s not in the notation, it’s in the comments: 22. Ra2 { draw offered }.

After a mediocre opening which left Black on the kinfe edge of disaster, White could have tried to set up a battery on the a-file and pawnroller on the queen side, but White was looking for a draw. After a few feeble attempts at strategy, and seeing that Black had nothing, White duly offered said draw.

That was a Mistake. Of course, I did not want a draw. Indeed I sensed the hated draw looming. But to offer the draw after some half-hearted wood-shifting gave away White’s secret: he didn’t understand the position nor did he have a plan. That was all Black needed to formulate a plan in a sterile position: to wit, the certainty that White would aimlessly trade if given the chance. After 27. Bxc4, Black’s bishop became dangerous and fortunately White did not grasp how dangerous, allowing a subsequent win of the exchange and the game.

Jacques Delaguerre


Author: Jacques Delaguerre

Jacques Delaguerre is a Colorado musician and chessplayer.