Games
[Event "Middlesbrough Championship"] [Site "?"] [Date "1957.12.27"] [Round "?"] [White "Stephenson, F.N."] [Black "Wise, T.H."] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D60"] [Annotator "F.N.Stephenson"] [PlyCount "61"] [SourceVersionDate "2020.03.26"] {CHESS PERSPECTIVES-PART 1-before/during/after/perspectives. They are still arguing whether or not Marcus Aurelius wrote: "What we hear is opinion, not fact-for what we see is persepective, not truth". I have a copy of his "Meditations" and can't find it anywhere in there...but I like to think Marcus believed it, because I do! There are many different perspectives possible in Chess-one classification might be BEFORE/DURING/AFTER a game. For some amateur players, the "before perspective" is, ironically, an afterthought and for someother (kaleidoscopists?) it's not even that. Such approaches can't be criticised, because it all depends what a player wants from a game. One thing that we soon learn as players is that..."You cannot tell how much players love Chess from their ratings". Two connected thoughts came to me early on in my chess playing: Firstly that a serious competitive game should be meaningful, and different from a knockabout skittles game down the club. Secondly, that the more one could merge these three before/during/after perspectives, then the better one could play. There are a lot of examples of my attempting to do this in my games and the notions have also figured strongly in my coaching. Here against the strongest Teesside player, for many years before and after WWII, is the earliest example..it starts with two games.} 1. c4 e6 2. d4 Nf6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. cxd5 {This is mistimed-Black now eases his cramped position by exchanging a couple of minor pieces.} Nxd5 7. Bxe7 Qxe7 8. Nf3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 c5 10. Bd3 Nd7 11. Qc2 h6 12. O-O e5 {A shameful position for White-Black usually has to work hard in the QGD to get either of these pawns attacks on White's centre-here he has got both! However he plays White has a good chance of being left with a weak pawn somewhere.} 13. Bf5 exd4 14. exd4 Nf6 15. Rfe1 Qc7 16. Re5 cxd4 17. cxd4 {There it is-an isolated QP with none of the attacking possibilities that it can sometimes bring.} Qxc2 18. Bxc2 Be6 19. Bb3 {White is lucky to have this resource...if Black can blockade with a piece on d5 he coud build up pressure on the pawn on d4.} Bxb3 20. axb3 Rfc8 21. Rc5 b6 22. Rc4 Nd5 $2 {Black plays according to "general principles" but he leaves his opponent with a tactic.} 23. Rxa7 Kh7 24. Rxc8 Rxa7 25. g3 Ra1+ 26. Kg2 Rb1 27. Rd8 Nf6 28. d5 (28. Ne5 Rxb3 29. Nxf7 {was much stronger.}) 28... Rxb3 29. d6 Rd3 30. Ne5 Rd5 31. Nd7 1/2-1/2