Let Me Be Frank With You

“Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders” – Savielly Tartakower

The Chigorin French this week gave rise to some frank soul searching.

It’s hard to say why we miss simple moves, or why we miss more complex ones. Moves that are obvious in blitz chess sometimes elude us when we have more time to think.

Why, after playing so beautifully and so simply in the opening, and launching effective midgame action with b7-b5 and b5-b4, did I reply to 12. cx4 with the dull 12… Rxb4? Perhaps I calculated boring variations instead of simply visualizing the board after 12… Nxb4!

And why, after defending correctly his awful position, did my opponent uncork the lemon 29… Bxd6?? losing the game?

Jacques Delaguerre