Target Fixation

The title of this post refers to a phenomena revealed during WWII, when a pilot would become so focused on his target that he would fly into it in his effort to destroy the target. The fighter pilot would follow his gaze during a strafing run so intently that he would fail to recover in time, crashing and burning into the target. This would be bad.

Our first example is my game against one of my favorite local players, Phil Thomas, who was representing the Uncle Sam team against the venerable Geezers. The opening play was questionable, and I would ask the reader to be gentle in their critique. I had just stumbled on an old tome by Andy Soltis on the Bird Larsen Attack, and had been eager to give it a try. Mr. Thomas applied a remedy which had been seen locally when Ronen Har-Zvi was here, and which led me to abandon the Bird’s opening for more stable and substantial openings.

I have promised Mr. Little that I will generate at least one post on my long held fascination with Bright Shiny Objects, BSO’s, so this second example shows another side of target fixation, where another good friend, Jon Lack, convinces himself that victory is assured. I will admit that I felt bad about publishing this game, but Jon appears to believe that there is no such thing as bad press, and has allowed me to offer this object lesson for the reader’s edification.

The draw by perpetual is at least of an amusing character, so perhaps the reader might find something to add to their repertoire.

Wrapping Up the Albany Championship, Almost

Wednesday evening, February 13th Saw the resolution of most of the unknowns in the Albany Championship. Three make-up games were played:

Mockler 1-0 Henner – Later in this post we will be looking at an opening error in the game, Lack-Magat where Mr. Lack comes to grief due to a mistake. The Mockler-Henner game was another example an opening mistake. Here Mr. Henner erred early and lost his Queen for two pieces. Continue reading “Wrapping Up the Albany Championship, Almost”