|Erwin during the simul from Heemskerk|
Only one draw!
|Erwin speaking with the chairman of the chess club,|
who's wearing the icons of the Dutch culture:
wooden shoes, called clogs.
- As stereotypically Dutch as windmills and tulips, the wooden clog is not just a modern-day tourist souvenir. It is still worn by thousands of farmers, factory workers or simply by the people who love and protect their traditions.
- Wooden shoe wearers claim the shoes are warm in winter, cool in summer and provide support for good posture. Sounds good to me!
If we cannot beat, objectively speaking, a strong grandmaster during a normal game, in a simul the odds are changing. As the number of opponents increase and/or the quality of the opposition improves, simuls can become grueling mentally and physically.
|The last game, which ended in a draw.|
GM's might even lose now and then, so be
prepared to look out for your chance!
And, since I am in Holland at the moment, I will write down Donner's advice on this particular subject:
"If you are to stand a chance of scoring a half or a full point, there are a few things to bear in mind:
A. Be sure to take special care in the opening. Play something you know well and play carefully. The simul-giver will be very unpleasantly surprised to find that after some twenty moves he has achieved nothing at your board. He will usually propose a draw to be rid of such a troublemaker. Do not accept! Your boldness will greatly upset him.
B. Play aggressively. Ninety-five percent of all victims in simultaneous displays usually owe their defeat to their own passivity. The simul-giver lacks the time to work out variations but doing so is more important when defending than in an attack. On psychological grounds, too, aggressively approaching the simul-giver is a sound and very effective strategy.
C. Don't be afraid to exchange pieces. The simul-giver will play the endgame much better than you, of course, but it is — once again — very important at this stage of the game to calculate variations and that is precisely what he has no time for. Do not be afraid!"
I would also add a small suggestion: I have seen, quite often, players who are hanging on to their boards just to say later on: "I am good! I managed to hold on for 50 moves!" or something similar. If you are completely lost, the GM will most probably appreciate if you resign:)
Anyone out there who won against a famous grandmaster in a simul? How did it go?