So for all of you chess players out there,
I was playing a game last Thursday against a person I had never met before. He was a first timer at our club and he beat the easy guy twice in a row. Okay, so he’s not a novice.
Time to switch opponents, now he’s sitting in front of me. I’m white.
He just stares at the board for the next 10 seconds, looking all around it for some reason… as if trying to pick a defense.
Okay fine, sicilian. Not that hard to pick man. Not that hard.
It turns out that he’s a really slow player and takes way too long to make simple moves, and even longer for anything even slightly complex. It’s definitely psychologically intimidating at first since it’s unclear whether he has spotted a weakness and tactic and is double/triple-checking, or if he’s just slow. Turns out he’s just slow, *phew*
*several moves later*
My turn, attacking f7 pawn and king is castled but the rook is away. Defending it is King, Queen, and Rook. I’m attacking it with dark squared bishop, queen, and knight. 3 defenders, 3 attackers. Not enough attackers.
I see a tactic with my knight, I see a way to win a different pawn with my light bishop, I see potential to double my rooks to attack his rooks after my knight moves…. but I can’t pick which one to do! I see the whole board’s play, but have difficulty in deciding which is best to go forward with.
I have not come across such a situation before so I was asking myself on the drive home (after we took a picture of the board to continue the game next week and left because the restaurant was closing for the night) what the solution is for situations like these - situations where there are multiple choices for attacking and they all seem okay or good…
Turns out my answer is difficult and simple, just think ahead further. That’s how computers do it so why the hell not. I was only looking 4 moves deep, when I should have looked at 5+ moves and a whole other separate attack that I missed because it was too deep to see, and by that I mean the doubling of the rooks. So slow, but in the end it’s winning.
Anyway I’m writing this for me, so to me I say this: too weak too slow.