How to Win in Chess: Patience and Pressure
IM Valeri Lilov is here again with a new free video, exclusive for our readers, discussing one of the main secrets to success in chess: to win in chess you need a mixture of patience and pressure.
If you think that you need to outplay your opponents with brilliant combinations in every game, IM Lilov will show you that you are wrong. The best way to win is to improve the position of your pieces, putting a little pressure over the opponent, until he starts making small mistakes. You can’t win if your opponent doesn’t make mistakes, so you should try to force them!
Lilov analyses two seemly different games to show you how elite players use this secret to win in chess.
Aronian-Carlsen: Pressure in a Tense Game
Aronian’s victory over Carlsen in the Altibox Norway 2017 has been analyzed in every imaginable chess website around the globe.
Aronian first sacrificed a pawn, then an exchange, and then a bishop! That’s not something you see every day. And his opponent was the World Champion!
So, this seems the exact opposite of what Valeri Lilov commented before. Aronian just sacrificed everything and win with precise calculation. But this is a clear mistake. The entire combination can’t be calculated! It was far too complex for a human mind.
What Aronian really did was to put a lot of pressure over the Black’s position. Indeed, after the exchange sacrifice, the engine thinks that Aronian has no advantage. But Carlsen was in so much pressure, with lots of threats and dangerous ideas, that he simply couldn’t defend accurately, letting Aronian create a masterpiece.
In other words, Aronian created a situation where it was easy for the World Champion to miss something (and made mistakes).
IM Lilov discover the real secret of Aronian’s win, and present it to you in a crystal-clear way, so that you can use it.
So-Karjakin: Patience as a Way to Win a Game.
The next example has apparently nothing to do with the previous one. Just look at the next position:
How in earth Karjakin can lose such a symmetrical endgame?
Most GMs will simply draw in a few more moves, but So spot the opportunity to put a little pressure over the black’s position. With patience, and improving the position of his pieces move by move, Black had to seriously thought about every decision, ultimately making slight inaccuracies.
In this position, Wesley So played the subtle 17.Rhg1!, preparing to win space on the kingside with g2-g4. The Nf6 will start to feel uncomfortable in a few more moves!
After the Nf6 moves, the Kf8 has to defend the g7-pawn, which forced a later …f6-f7, weakening some light squares in the kingside. White kept pushing, advancing his pawns and improving the position of all his pieces, until the next position arises:
White is now winning material! Do you see how?
White played 35.f5! Nc6 (after any other move, 36.Nc5 is coming, and e6 is lost) 36.fxe6+ Bxe6 37.Bxe6+ Kxe6 38.Nc5+ and the a6-pawn falls.
It’s incredible how easy the Black’s position deteriorates. You “only” have to combine patience and pressure, and your opponent will simply collapse!
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