The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. – Proverbs 28:1

I was all about lunging for a few installments. I think now I’m about incisivity (which I coin as a term of art from “incisiveness”).

Having experienced personal growth in technique and gamesmanship over the past years, the question arises why my game doesn’t more often experience an edge. I play in lines where the openings are not quite as well worked out as, say, the Spanish Game. I get reasonable positions. Why, as last night, do I draw with Black against a lower-rated player?

The answer is that my play needs incisivity.

After White’s 7. Nf3 (diagrammed position), Black doesn’t need the timid 7. d6?! Instead, booting the knight immediately with 7… b4 8. Nd2 allows 8… Nf6! and the game is on, as a White 9. e5?! only weakens White.  After 8… Nf6! Black is almost ready to play d7-d5 in one swell foop.

Later Black probably should have played 33… Qxd2 or even 33… Nc6 34. Bxf5 Qxd2. After carefully maintain structural integrity with an earlier 22… Nce7, it was now time to jettison that caution and get the knight to c5, forcing a two-bishops ending at the price of doubled pawns on the king bishop file. White’s queen bishop then stays bad while both of Black’s bishops are good.

Jacques Delaguerre