From her early childhood, the chess world predicted Elisabeth Paehtz would one day become one of Germany’s strongest chess players.
She absorbed chess concepts fast and, gifted with an intuitive sense of the chessboard, she somehow knew where the pieces belonged, winning game after game in big tournaments.
So when she scored a stunning victory in the World Youth Championships in 2002, many people were not surprised.
Ten Chess Olympiad appearances later…she is a force to be reckoned with.
This video is a free preview of her new Master Method, where she discusses chess opening psychology and why you shouldn’t try too hard to surprise your opponent. IM Paehtz analyzes one of her games in order to show that while having a deep knowledge of openings is very important, it is important to know that trying to trick your opponent with an off-the-books move can often backfire.
You don’t want to surprise yourself as well!
Chess Psychology: Don’t Try Too Hard to Surprise Your Opponent
Let’s take a look at the example IM Paehtz covers in the video (be sure to watch the video for a more in-depth analysis, plus IM Paehtz’ personal insights!).
The game features the London System. 1.d4 d5 2.Bf4 is the start of a typical London System and this is followed in the game by 2…Nf6 3.e3 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nd2 e6 6.Ngf3 Nh5. This is unusual because 6…cxd4 is more commonly played.
After 7.Bg5, 7…Qb6 is probably the wrong choice. The position could be interesting after 7…f6, with the idea of 8.Bh4 cxd4 9.exd4 Nf4. This position is already slightly better for Black.
8.dxc5 Qxb2 9.Nd4. With 9…Nxd4, Black has reached a threatening position. The queen is in danger and after 10.cxd4, the position is even worse.
The next moves are 10…Nf6 11.Rb1 Qxa2 12.Bxf6 gxf6 13.Bb5+ Kd8 14.Ra1 Qb2 15.Qa4 e5 16.0-0. If Black takes on d2, White can trap the queen.
Black chooses 16…Qxd2 and after 17.Rfd1 Qc3 18.Rac1 Qb2 19.Rb1 Qc3 20.Rd3, the queen is lost, and following 20…exd4 exd4, Black resigned.
The position after 9.Nd4 is already lost for Black, and the previous move, 8…Qxb2, is Black’s big mistake. This game shows that having a deeper knowledge of openings is very important, but the main thing to learn from this game is that trying to trick your opponent with an off-the-books move like 6…Nh5 can often backfire. Be careful and make sure you aren’t surprising yourself too! You must know your opening.
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