Game#5 – The profound arrogance of winning

Chess game analysis for amateurs focusing on how to improve their chess.

Queen’s Gambit Declined – Ragozin Variation [D38]

In this chess game analysis, we’ll take a look at what it means to have a won game.

Winning positions are present in virtually all amateur chess games. The problem is that both players don’t always see them. This is normal given the level of the players but it’s also frustrating. Nothing is more embarrassing than loading up a chess engine and have it tell you that the game you were so proud of is riddled with errors. These are humbling messages that translate to: You were never winning, you were simply better. The move you give an exclam (!) to is dubious at best. The list goes on but you get the idea.

At the amateur level, chess game analysis, will not be as good as a chess engine. But when we know we are winning a game, there is nothing more disheartening than to give back the advantage to your opponent. This is such a game. The only message I can relay to you is this: A won game will not play itself. Your opponent will always try to find ways to win – even if they are down a piece. So what should you do when you know you are up a piece and or winning?

Chess Game Analysis – Takeaways

Realize the game is not over. This is that hardest part but it’s the most important. That means you need to bear down and be prepared to play your game all the way through, possibly even to checkmate.

Always look at what your opponent is planning. Remember, if they are a piece down they are desperate and will try anything to drum up counterplay.

Resolve to grind down your opponent . Plan for the long haul. Pretend that you are the one down a piece. Play like your life depends on it but it usually does!

If you don’t think I know what I am talking about, look at the chess game analysis below…