Before we venture further into this topic, a disclaimer is in order; This is NOT a guide on how to find love, latently added to a chess site, nor is this a way to woo Irina Krush, Kosteniuk, or Zenyuk (one can only dream!!). Romance and courtship, like many other things, share the means-end structure with our Game of Kings, in the sense that many things can happen, or more accurately, go wrong! I want to open your eyes to a new way to look at romance, whether you’re a young Alekhine with no luck with women, or a natural Lord Byron who doesn’t know what a Rook is.
I could easily make this an article of my search for romance in chess terms, translating the first date as ‘queenside castling’ (both can only be done once, and on the terms of the queen!), but I don’t like to show draws and losses… Maybe at the end of this article, you can associate chess and the eternal struggle of courtship the same way that Josh Waitzkin did with chess and martial arts. So without further ado… I bring you the first venture of our hero, ever vigilant and good-looking (I wonder who it is)!! He is in the 5th round of the 2011 NC Open, looking to win prize money and rating points. At this point he is feeling great to have done so well playing in a section where 60% of the playing field is higher rated than him. He detaches himself from doubt and falls back on his optimism, confidence, and the skill therein.
What we find here is a mixture of the indirect approach and the direct approach, applied to chess. My plan was very flexible throughout the game, and finally rested on the bad positioning of the enemy bishop, which was not realized by my opponent until everything was simplified. So this is an interesting correlation that I hope you can apply to your own games. You will find that there are much more like this; I know someone who studies chess by reading Sun Tzu’s classic “The Art of War”! May you win your won games, and also learn from the ones that got away!