Why you should keep focused in winning positions!

Played a 15+15 game yesterday on Lichess. I had White and my opponent played the Englund Gambit, so I was already winning after move 1. A few moves later my opponent blundered, and now I just had to move the pieces until my opponent would be checkmated. This was at least what my mindset. I wasn’t concentrated, and I was no longer invested in the game since I thought it was going to be easy to win.

This is a stupid and typical mistake! I hope we all can learn from this game..

“When every physical and mental resources is focused, one’s power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.”

Norman Vincent Peale

Can’t Hurt Me by David Goggins
Now to something else. I just finished the book ‘Can’t Hurt Me’ by David Goggins. It took me only two days since I was captivated by his story.

It was a mouthful. Inspirational and a crazy story about an ex-navy SEAL who’s workout mentality makes us all look lazy. Here is a short taste

The book made me think. I need to focus on using my time on the things that matter. Work harder and cut down on all the non-important distractions. I will probably get back to the book in later posts.

Finally, I also posted a new video in my series on ‘Searching for Alekhine’:

Verlinsky vs. Alekhine, Spanish Game: Exchange Variation, 1909, Searching for Alekhine, episode 2

I will look at game 3+4 from Alekhine’s ‘My Best Games of Chess’ tomorrow (10. January) at 21 CET/3 PM ET. on Twitch.tv/say_chess

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9 months ago

Hello Martin,

I used the Englund in OTB tournament play twice in my youth, and suprisingly scored 2/2 against 1700 level opposition. I also got disgusting positions and sweared never to play it again in serious games πŸ™‚ But, the point is, even if it’s objectively very good for white, you still have to play with the 31 remaining men on the board.

Now for a provocative question : is producing streams and YouTube videos about classic games a good use of your study time ? Although I’ve found studying with a parter very motivating and useful, I don’t know how much streaming and producing videos help. Open question : I’ve never tried it myself and obviously don’t know the answer. I appreciate that you stream about Alekhine rather than 3+0 games though πŸ™‚