How to lose a game in 10 moves or less.
In the last articles we discussed a good strategy to get a practical chance to beat someone much stronger than you. I want to emphasize the key words ('practical chance'), because as one of the readers (mightyrearranger) correctly pointed out: "At the end of the day though, ratings don't lie. If you're playing someone 500-600 points better than you then you're going to get beaten 9 times out of 10. There's nothing more for it than giving it a lash, having some fun and trying to learn from the experience." Thank you, very well said! You should always remember, that in most cases you are still poor Cinderella and at the final stroke of midnight your beautiful horse-drawn carriage will turn back into a pumpkin and horses become just mice!
As I mentioned in last week's article (http://www.chess.com/article/view/how-to-beat-a-much-stronger-opponent-part-two ) I was a lucky witness to Emory Tate's biggest triumph. But I also saw his worst nightmare! It happened towards the end of the traditional Western States Open in Reno. ( By the way, I've played more then a dozen times there and strongly recommend to you this tournament. The chief organizer Jerry Weikel does everything he can for you to remember why chess is called the Royal Game. Just with the mention that you don't need to bring your chess set, do I need to say more? I know, for most of the chess players around the World it sounds weird, but the US folks will understand what I am talking about .) Anyway, again I am playing next to Emory Tate and his opponent is one of the strongest US GMs at that time, Alex Yermolinsky. The good thing about playing next to Emory, is it is very entertaining because you never know what to expect there (like the famous Forrest Gump saying about a box of chocolates). But this time Emory 'the GM slayer' Tate was off-form and here is what happens when the music stops:
(Just like in most of my articles I give you a chance to test your attacking skills, so the game is given as a Quiz. Please remember that you can always replay the whole game from the first move if you click "Solution" and then "Move list".)