Often there will be a beauty prize in a tournament. Or even a prize for the most spectacular games. Maybe that is something which will happen in this tournament as well. Personally I would like to do something more special. Because there are so many categories it almost seems that there is a category for everything.

I can lie awake at night thinking about the worst moves in my career. But even worse than bad moves are bad plans. A plan which willingly sets off towards disaster without seeing what is coming is much worse than one bad move.

Fortunately there is Karma, where you will be compensated for the bad luck you have experienced. A great prize will await you, even though from our side the prize might involve some bad plans as well.

In order to get good Karma, I just need you to tell me the game and the position. But more important it is okay to confess to me what you were thinking. Before the last round I will hope to have several nominees to receive good karma.

How can you reach me? Well send a picture of your game to davidmiedema@outlook.com and a panel of experts will take it into consideration.

As an example I have the following plan.

With Black to move there is a tall guy wearing glasses on a happy face. He knows he is better, and thinks a lot about how he is going to capitalize on his better position. Arguably, this is where it all went wrong. Of course he should just take two pawns with 1…axb4 and not try to find anything fancy. But, he liked to play for the g-file, definitely he can be very active there. He played 1…a4 to switch play to the g-file. Until his beautiful plan met 2.Rg1. The game ended in a draw, and the Black player repeats this story often in the bar whenever he likes to show how bad of a player he is. I am happy he can laugh about it, and now we can do too, haha.

Surprise Prize: the rotten get what they deserve

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