How Brilliancies Are Misrepresentative

A topic worth serious consideration is in how brilliant games misrepresent how most games are played. People love such games and rightly so, but is having them as your staple diet good for your chess?

My take is that they can be very damaging unless tempered by some longer games. Brilliancies are all very well but in practice they occur very rarely. So looking at games featuring good defence, subtle positional manoeuvres and endgame play will present a more representative model.

So here’s a nice 194 move grind by a former DJ, GM Bojan Kurajica. He does a nice job of torturing his opponent in the R & N versus R endgame: