have been thousands of excellent chess players throughout the
years, but they each have a unique style or combination of styles
with which they play. One player will be attack-oriented and is
always pushing for a beautiful sacrifice, while another will play
more positional chess and slowly squeeze his opponents until the
opposing king dies of claustrophobia.
Your style will not
be evident in the first game you play. It takes several years
for you to learn how you like to play. Do you like to risk everything
for a quick mate? Are you a brilliant tactician and can't stand
slow positional maneuvers? Or do you bask in the glory of defeating
your opponent in a game where you gain more and more space, gradually
pushing him off the board?
You will only be able to learn
what kind of player you truly are by playing in as many games
and tournaments as you can. I have mentioned this several times
in this column: the best way to improve your play (and even to
learn about yourself) is to play, play, play!
In this week's
column, I have included a classic battle from the 1972 World Championship
title match in which Bobby Fischer not only plays with superb
tactical accuracy, but he shows his positional eye too. Enjoy!
Fischer, Bobby - Spassky, Boris