Game of the Week XL: Mastrovasilis, Athanasios (2523) – Nikolov, Momchil (2522)

Game of the Week XL: Mastrovasilis, Athanasios (2523) - Nikolov, Momchil (2522)

“Pattern Recognition” has become a common term in chess language, and everyone wants to find an easier way to master it.

The best way to accomplish this that I can suggest would be to start by reviewing/playing well-known simple tactical motives and build on that; essentially: solve puzzles non-stop.

It’s like learning math: the foundation for mastering more complex branches of math is set by first learning simple addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division methods and using them whenever possible at school. I remember the satisfaction, for example, when I recognized the path to sin2+cos2=1 from a difficult problem in a calculus class because of pattern recognition that I had developed. 

Combinations in chess are almost always based on simple patterns. The beauty of the combination and the artistic part of the game is observed when a complex of these patterns emerge in unknown territory and gives immense satisfaction to chess enthusiasts. I felt this phenomenon in this week’s Game of the Week.

Game of the Week XL is– Mastrovasilis vs. Nikolov

This week’s Game of the Week was submitted by Jimonios – thank you!

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Grandmaster Vasif Durarbayli

Edited by Della Almind

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