Games
[Event "Teesside International Open"] [Site "?"] [Date "1973.??.??"] [Round "?"] [White "Stephenson, F.N."] [Black "Schussler, H."] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B07"] [Annotator "F.N.Stephenson"] [PlyCount "69"] [SourceVersionDate "2020.03.23"] {Starting with Alfred Binet in the 1890s, psychologists have studied the way that (good) chessplayers think about chess positions when they analyse and do not have sight of the board physically. One broad conclusion of their work is that players do not have a photographic-type of image of the board in their minds when they are considering moves but, rather they think in terms of standard pre-known patterns of pieces and pawns and how they should be interacting in those set patterns for maximum efficiency. Chess coaches are aware of how this idea can be usefully incorporated into training programmes for players. Differentiating the playing strength of one player from another is not only how many and how appropriate are the patterns stored in their minds but also the level of their skill in synthesising this knowledge so that it becomes applicable to other, slightly different situations. I think Bloom's Taxonomy of "cognitive skills" can be used in Chess Coaching (and I have also used it in University Lecturing) : Tip of Pyramid : 1. Creating (synthesising). 2. Evaluating (evaluations). 3. Analysing (analysis). 4. Applying (application). 5. Understanding (comprehension) Base of pyramid: 6. Remembering (knowledge). "When a man's knowledge is not in order, the more of it he has the greater will be his confusion" Herbert Spencer 1820-1903. Here, then, we have the same sort of build-up from yet another opening:} 1. e4 g6 2. f4 Bg7 3. Nf3 d6 4. Nc3 Nf6 5. Bc4 c6 6. Bb3 O-O 7. O-O e5 8. fxe5 dxe5 9. d3 Nbd7 {Now White denies the Black queen checking on b6...this proves to be significant in seven moves time.} 10. Kh1 Qc7 11. Qe1 Nc5 12. Qh4 a5 13. Be3 Nxb3 14. axb3 Nd7 15. Ng5 h6 16. Nh3 Qd8 {Black has driven back the marauding White knight and now seeks to do the same to White's queen, but here comes a marauding White bishop instead.} 17. Bg5 {White's attack is so strong that he would win after 17... hxg5 18. Nxg5 owing to the return of that White knight, because 18...Nf6 19. Rxf6 leads to checkmate.} f6 18. Bxh6 {White nets one pawn without lessening his attacking potential too much, and another could be on its way into the coffers by exploiting the a-file pin.} g5 19. Qh5 Qe8 20. Qxe8 Rxe8 21. Bxg7 Kxg7 22. b4 Nf8 23. Ng1 Ng6 24. Rxa5 Bd7 25. Rfa1 Rab8 26. Ra7 Rh8 27. g3 Rh6 28. Ra8 Rxa8 29. Rxa8 f5 30. Rd8 Nf8 31. exf5 Bxf5 32. Nf3 Ne6 33. Rd7+ Kf6 34. Rxb7 g4 35. Nh4 {My opponent, Harry Schussler, who had just turned 16 that summer, resigned with a rueful smile and said rather plaintively: "If I had won, I would have got the Junior prize". No need to worry though-within a few years the lad was winning the Swedish Championship outright, after which he "followed his star" and went on to become a well respected Grandmaster.} 1-0