How Come The Good Chess Players Are So Good?

How Come The Good Chess Players Are So Good?

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A quick thought chess puzzle. You have 5 seconds to do it.
And a Red Hot Pawn game showing you how it’s done.

Then a wonderful piece of board craft from Carlsen. (White to play)


Which in turn takes us to a few Red Hot Pawn examples of players
misusing Rooks on the 7th and those not pausing before Promoting.

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@greenpawn34 said

A quick thought chess puzzle. You have 5 seconds to do it.
And a Red Hot Pawn game showing you how it’s done.

Then a wonderful piece of board craft from Carlsen. (White to play)

[fen] 8/P4pkp/2Rp2p1/8/8/7P/1r3rP1/R5K1 w - - 0 34[/fen]
Which in turn takes us to a few Red Hot Pawn examples of players
misusing Rooks on the 7th and those not pausing before Promoting.

Blog Post 481
How Come The Good Chess Players Are So Good?


I've noticed the "good" chess players have a combination of good memories, good powers of concentration, and a strong work ethic, stemming from a sincere interest in the game.

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@greenpawn34

White plays Rook to c2...
Attacking both rooks while indirectly protecting g2 and making time for the pawn to promote which also covers g2. 🤔
Right?

(I'm not 1300 like my rating says... I'm actually 1700 but it takes time to get the rating up to where it belongs since I just came back to the website)

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Very-Musty

When I first saw it...


I thought, promote and run the King to c1 so no check on c2.
But it was a puzzle. So my 'why so easy' brain kicked in.

I spotted (after a while) the trap Aronian had set and then came up
with Qa5 idea - which loses! but smelt that trap out too.
So it must be Rc2. After one set of Rooks came off looks like a fortress
but rapid game so Aronian must have misplayed it or Carlsen played brilliantly.
Probably a mixture of both.

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Just found the full game. No fortress here.

Carlsen - Aronian.

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