Nowadays many chess players face problems when they are playing against stronger opponents – for instance, one who is higher rated than the player or a titled player. They have this ‘fear’ for stronger opponents and as a result, they often end up losing their games. So the question is simple – how to beat stronger opponents?
To answer this question, I’d like to share with you one of the most impressive chess games ever. It was played by the 13-year-old Magnus Carlsen against GM Sergey Dolmatov in the 3rd Aeroflot Festival, 2004. When this game was played, Carlsen was rated 2484, while Dolmatov was an experienced Grandmaster with a rating of 2591. GM Dolmatov also won the World Junior Chess Championship in 1978.
Practically speaking, Carlsen was a much weaker and less experienced player than his opponent – nevertheless, the courageous kid played aggressively and beat an opponent who was much stronger than him! Therefore, the key answer to the question asked during the beginning of this article is this – it is important to play aggressively against a stronger opponent. You should NOT fear them.
Our guest coach CM Tryfon Gavriel, who is also the author of our course “Crushing the King”, has prepared a very instructive video lesson for you, in which he analyzes this beautiful game and highlights the importance of playing aggressively, especially against stronger opponents.
You can watch the video lesson below:
After the game was completed, Alexander Nikitin, who was the trainer of Garry Kasparov, started to go around the tournament hall with the score sheet of the game in his hand, breathlessly saying “This is the game of a genius!” He was correct, indeed. 🙂
SuggestedYou may also like to see the 12-year old Magnus Carlsen’s amazing queen sacrifice.
You can find the PGN of this game below:
Did you like this game? Was this video useful to you? Have you ever beaten an opponent stronger than you? 🙂 If so, please share your experience (and also the game, if you can) with us in the comments below.