The Master Game: Stean – Schmid

Here’s another win by Lothar Schmid from the BBC’s magnificent Master Game Series. Lothar Schmid showed tremendous poise in defending this one before turning it round in the endgame. Further evidence that overall playing skills are far more important than ‘openings’, even at GM level.

Here’s the second part of the game:

This game raises another question about whether amateurs, especially older ones, can compete with full time professionals. Frankly I don’t see why not, though the ‘information intensity’ of ‘modern chess’ is not making it easier.