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ChessMood 9 months ago

NEW ARTICLE: What’s the “But” that’s Holding You Back?
Hey Champions!

We have this topic in our Blog: 

https://chessmood.com/blog/what-is-the-but-that-is-holding-you-back

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Llorenç Boldú Zabih

Llorenç Boldú Zabih 9 months ago

At the end of 2013 I had a tough tournament which ended with a very painful lose against a 2100 (at that moment my rating was 1780). The guy played 1.d3  2.g3  and so on. I didn't know which pawn structure to adopt against this setup and I chose a very bad one because he 0-0-0 and pawn storm me. When I arrive home as always the 1st. thing I do is to analyze and annotate the game. When I finished entering moves and glanced at the final position I wanted to cry. All my Qside pieces where in their initial position. Shocked by his opening I forgot to develope my pieces. All what I learned beginning with Morphy's games didn't served at all. I got so depressed that I said to myself> chess is not meant for you, so I threw the towel.

At the end of 2018 was the Magnus vs. Caruana WC match and I decided to follow it. There was such a good coverage by the media that I got excited with chess and decided to give it a last try. So I nearly had no time to train online because I wanted to begin OTB with the coming 2019. 

What a disaster, I played 37 games and lost 220 rating points so instead of playing in the A group now I was relegated to the B group. Things are curious in the B group. They basically don't have an opening repertoire and to my Najdorf they meet it with Closed Sicilian or Maroczy Bind structures. The Caro-Kann is also quite popular in group B, followed by the French and something I didn't know that existed. To 1.e4 he played 1...Nc6. When I arrived home I run to the opening explorer and learnt that it was called the Nimzowitch defence. Well, in resume, nobody in the group B plays the Sicilian so in 37 games, lets say 18 with white playing 1.e4 not a single time it was met by 1...c5.

Well after losing all that that material and blundering a lot I decided to leave OTB but this time not to throw the towel but to study chess. At the end I thought, what Fischer did in 1968-69? In 1968 he played only a couple of medium tournaments in Europe and in 1969 there is only one game registered vs, A.Saidy. Then he came back in 1970 with a never seen force. Crushing all his opponents until he achieved his goal. He wanted to destroy the soviet chess dominance and be crowned chess World Champion. Once accomplished his mission he retired.

Then what he did in 1968-69 without playing chess to come back with such a strength? He studied chess. So the lesson I take is that playing chess is fun and is important but studying chess is not such fun but at the end of the day is what pays off the most,

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