Travail Pursuit #3: Threatening behaviour

passive aggressive

It might be all smiles and handshakes at the start but once the game’s begun everyone has a weapon of choice!

One aspect of my game which I consider to be a strength is that I think I have a good feel for the initiative and when I have momentum in an attack I tend to be quite good at sustaining it. Perhaps the reason for this is that I remember reading and learning from an old chess book about the correct ways to capitalise on an advantage depending on what type of advantage you have. I think I was reading Eugene Znosko-Borovsky’s classic “The Middlegame in Chess”. The point that seems to have stuck in my head was how to play if you have a lead in development. In this instance you create threats in order to over stretch your opponent who is less developed and having to respond to your actions. Eventually you’ll be able to convert your development advantage into material or even a check mate.

So in today’s game, another end of season encounter from 2010, this motto was in my mind when I thought I had enough of a development advantage to go for a direct attack on the king. I wouldn’t say I could hold this game up as a shining example of how to play chess but I think it illustrates how this principle works.

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