I find that one of the harder things to train young players to do is to look at a number of moves before making their decision as to which move to play.  Usually a player just looks around, sees something he likes and plays that move.

I was very pleasde therefore, whilst browsing though some old books in the Chess Shop last week, that I came across a copy of my favourite book, “Think Like a Grandmaster” by the Russian GM Kotov.  Now out of print, and unfortunately in descriptive notation, I well remember several important points that I learnt from Kotov when I was a young player myself.  One of Kotov’s major points was his description as to how grandmasters think.  They don’t, like my students, just find a move they like, but grandmasters start off by systematically deciding on which are the candidate moves that they should examine.  They then analyse these lines once and make their decision as to which move is best.  If you think of how you yourself analyse moves I’m sure that you jump around a lot, reanalyse lines then go back and look for more moves, and so on.   Not a very efficient process.

I’ve lent Kotov’s book to one of my students to read over Easter, so It will be interesting to see if he too learns a lot from the book.

For today’s puzzle let’s test if you too are an efficient analyser.  Your mission is to choose 3 candidate moves in the position below (White to play), analyse each variation and then chose the best line.   This task proved too much for the players in the game, who missed the best line, but perhaps you can do better.   Then again, if you are not a grandmaster ……

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