37e Olimpiadi degli Scacchi | Torino 2006

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THE MISSED CHANCE

The missed chance

The games in these pages share a common theme: the two players have a different strength (no matter how much different) but the weaker one happens to get a winning position. Unfortunately for him he slips and allows his opponent to recover at least a draw, if not the whole point.
The idea to look for and to analyze in detail this kind of games came out a few years ago within En Passant, the bimonthly magazine of the Società Scacchistica Torinese (Turin Chess Society), where “L’occasione mancata “ (The missed chance) is now a stable column.
Why this interest for missed chances? Firstly, these games are very instructive, as every player who wants to improve his chess level can learn a lot from the study of the mistakes. Secondly, they often are very little known games but always rich of tension and of enjoyable chess moments.
Of course all the here selected games have been played in Olympiads of the past and the author of the comments is Massimo Settis (smax@fastwebnet.it), a member of Società Scacchistica Torinese.

Euwe-Cheron
London Olympiad 1927

Rosselli del Turco-Euwe
London Olympiad 1927

Aljechin-Baratz
Hamburg Olympiad 1930

Aljechin-Erdelyi
Prague Olympiad 1931

Rosselli-Aljechin
Folkestone Olympiad 1933

Portisch-Fischer
Siegen Olympiad 1970