Monday, February 13, 2006

Pearls of Wisdom

It was late last Thursday night and only one game was still being contested. I was playing Black, down a pawn in a Bishop vs. Knight ending against LM Eric Godin -- one of those positions where White had good winning chances and Black good drawing chances at the same time. Unfortunately, I made a careless King move that allowed Eric to fork my King and Bishop and liquidate to an easily won King and Pawn ending.

As the group post-mortem which followed began to wind down, NM Vadim Martirosov smiled and said, "Dave, you should really try not to blunder at the end."

"Thanks Vadim," I laughed, "That's the kind of masterly advice you can't pay enough for."

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