It must be said that the result of the game has been agreed before the game, otherwise is not possible to play such a game by those very good players. I do not know whether it is fair to make agreements like this.
On the other side – one has to admit the game is funny and from this prespective the games works for sure :)
All of us have heard about the importance of learning tactics in chess. Especially when you are an average player, you see tactics as a decision factor in the most of all your games. Learning tactical patterns is one of things which are crucial for becoming better chess player.
That is one of the reasons why we love solving tactical puzzles, right?
Most of tactical puzzles we see in the chess magazines or on websites are examples from games of very good players like GMs or IMs. But these tactics are different from the tactics an average player usually meets on the board. And this is the idea behind this book.
The authors introduce us 1001 diagrams containing tactical puzzles from the real games of average club players. In most cases the solutions are not complicated, but everyone has to know those patterns to increase his/her chess level. Many of the patterns we met in our games, for sure. And many of them we did not recognize.
Another year is almost over. The most people summarize the ending year and it will also be my case in this post. And I would like to look at 2012 from a view of being a chess player.
So, how was 2012 for me?
At the beginning of the year I played Open Praha tournament. I did quite well there – my perfromance was 1941 ELO points, which was almost 200 points higher than my rating at that time. It was very successful tournament in my eyes!
A few weeks ago I played an active chess tournament. I like this kind of tournaments because of several reasons. I play a lot of games within a day with reasonable time to think about moves (about 25 minutes per game usually) and I can test some of variants or openings against real players over the board.