A perfect example how chess and life mirror one another come from the tension seen in emotional feelings and expression. For the chess enthusiast, years of historical collections of such writings creates, in picture form, the building of tension patterning conflict, plans, ideas, and decisional judgments that touch both tactical and positional motifs in chess and built into life experiences.
Tension is a key ingredient in all chess strategy and consumes much of the combatants attention. In my analysis that led to the idea of square count, the attack and defense squares centered around Capablanca’s fundamental idea of combined development as I saw it, being a form of pressure chess, necessitating both the art of attack and the art of defense, when facing moves that try to churn the guts of a position.
Larry Evans wrote a book explaining his thoughts on time, space, force, pawn structure and converting one positive to another with the opponent making effort to neutralize or even crash the whole venture by turning the tables. Likewise, the writings of Dr. Emmanuel Lasker saw chess as a struggle. Do we not see these thoughts of great writers, thinkers and players establishing a principium connection between life and chess?
Take any opening, and the very nature of pawn structure and piece movement cries out –TENSION. There is immediate tension as well as long-range tension that fester on the edge of explosive force. Conversely, there is a defanging tension. Some elementary examples are:
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. Nf3 Nc6 7. Be3 a6 8. Qd2 b5 9. a3 g5!? A fighting new idea. Maintaining central pawn and square tension.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. exd5 exd5 4. Nf3 Releases the central pawn tension, a favorite of Blackburn and Capablanca.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Releases tension over to Black.
The French Defence provides good examples of different patterns and tension.
Here is a good game I found played by Petrosian against Bobby Fischer (White) featuring the MacCutcheon system*. This radical defensive line has its moments but is rarely adopted by French players. Features a Kingly walk by Petrosian.
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Bb4* 5. e5 h6 6. Bd2 Bxc3 7. Bxc3 (bxc3 is better) Ne4 8. Ba5 O-O 9. Bd3 Nc6 10. Bc3 Nxc3 11. bxc3 f6 12. f4 fxe5 13. fxe5 Ne7 14. Nf3 c5 15. O-O Qa5 16. Qe1 Bd7 17. c4 Qxe1 18. Rfxe1 dxc5 19.Be4 cxd 20. Bxb7 Rab8 21. Ba6 Rb4 22. Rad1 d3 23. cxd3 cxd3 24, Rxd3 Bc6 25. Rd4 Rxd4 26. Nxd4 Bd5 27. a4 Rf4 28. Rd1 Ng6 29. Bc8 Kf7 30. a5 Nxe5 31. a6 Rg4 32. Rd2 Nc4 33. Rf2ch Ke7 34. Nb5 Nd6 35. Nxd6 Kxd6 36. Bb7 Bxb7 37. axb7 Kc7 38. h3 Rg5 39. Rb2 Kb8 40. Kf2 Rd5 41. Ke3 Rd7 42. Ke4 Rxb7 Petrosian won.
Another game demonstrates an example of tension that again is combined with what I call pressure chess. It provides an interesting lesson in posing chess strategy as a crapshoot of sorts. It is an interesting battle between two students from the Student Olympiad of 1962.
Eduard Gufeld vs. Lubomir Kavalek Opening: Ruy Lopez (Cordel Gambit*). Multi-tensions stir the juices of this game.
1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Bc5 4. c3 f5?!*
Black decides to hopefully catch his opponent in a line he prepared for and consequently White does not respond with the recommended book line that suggests the best way to try and achieve an opening advantage. It is a kin to the Schliemann Defence that goes 3…f5 a move earlier.
5. d4 fxe4 6. Ng5?!
6. Bxc6 dxc6 7. Nxe5 is a book recommendation.
6. …Bb6 7. d5 e3!
Gufeld may have hoped for a quick win if 7. …Nce7 8. Ne6 winning the Queen!
8. Ne4 Qh4 9. Qf3 Nf6 10. Nxf6/ch gxf6 11. dxc6 exf2/ch 12. Kd1? (Kf1!) dxc6 13. Be2 Be6 14. Qh5/ch Qxh5 15. Bxh5/ch Ke7 16. b3 Bd5 17. Ba3/ch Ke6 18. Bg4/ch f5 19. Bh3 Rhg8 20. Nd2 Bxg2 21. Bxg2 Rxg2 22. Rf1 Rd8 23. Ke2 Rxd2/ch!! 24. Kxd2 e4 25. Bf8 f4 26. b4 Rg5 27. Bc5 Rxc5 28. bxc5 Bxc5 29. Rab1 f3 30. Rb4 Kf5 31. Rd4 Bxd4 32. cxd4 Kf6 White Resigns.
Did you notice that Black did not lose any of his eight pawns!!