Deja Vu (3)

“Neo: Whoa. Déjà vu.
Trinity: What did you just say?
Neo: Nothing. Just had a little déjà vu.”
The Matrix, 1999

My previous article on the subject can be accessed HERE
Please have a look at below’s position from one of our club tournament games and see if there’s anything interesting about it:


No, I am not joking. Yes, I know White is crushing his opponent. Yes, I have been telling them to resign when the position is hopeless; however here Black has one last bullet left and he might as well use it.

If you have been working on your endgames, this is deja vu right? It helps there’s no distraction and you must look at the black pawns on the queen side. Black did the same and to my surprise (a pleasant one for sure) he did not just play meaningless moves until checkmate. They do that to annoy their opponents in revenge for losing. Black actually showed that he is familiar with the pawn breakthrough (level 3, lesson 28 in our app) and knows how to play it.

I am not sure White knew that much. Being up so much material can cloud one’s thoughts. It might not make sense when you read it, but in reality you can be guilty of overthinking it when you should not. My suggestion in such cases is to stay with the opponent and make sure you figure out what it wants to do. Once you got it, look for the simplest way to stop it. After their last attempt is taken care of, you can collect the win. Now enjoy the rest of the game.

Eugen Demian

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Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player - my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today's standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor - my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/chessessentials/id593013634?mt=8 I can help you learn chess the proper way if this is what you seek!