The Quality Chess blog has a post today (“Bored to Death?”) covering Simon Williams’ win against Sam Collins at the Cork Masters this year. The starting point for the post is the diagrammed position, rather a simple-looking one, with Sam, as Black, to move. But if it was so simple, how was it that he was unable to hold it?
In addition to being a GM, award-winning author, and founder of Quality Chess, Jacob Aagaard is a successful trainer, and many of the posts on the (high recommended) Quality Chess blog consider various training-related issues. In this post, he gives a thoughtful–and very plausible–explanation of why “simple” positions can be difficult.