Keep It Simple Staples

The Woodhouse Cup is a Yorkshire inter city competition running from September to April. I’ve played for a couple of years and until Black’s excellent 33…g5 I thought I was going to win this game.

I had played fairly well to gain an exchange advantage. However, I having done so I should have reset my attitude and just played slowly for another advantage. Instead I tried to force things. My big error was with 22. Rh4. which with hindsight looks just plain wrong. I had some convoluted reasoning involving the Black Knight, playing f4 and getting my bishop on the long diagonal which don’t convince in the cold light of day. I didn’t consider 23…f5.

A cautionary tale about keeping things simple.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished” – Lao Tzu

“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated” – Confucius

Dan Staples