Chess lecture by Wajdy Shebetah on March 7, 2011
Most chess players spend most of their time at the board analysing their own plans, and are often punished for failing to recognise those of their opponents. If you know what kind of position your opponent wants, and you can read what he is doing with each move, then you can use opening transpositional trickery and simple preventative moves to defeat him.
In his inimitable style, Wajdy Shebetah gave a beautiful demonstration of how he applied the technique of “chess mind reading” to defeat Egyptian GM Ahmed Adly “with hardly any analysis at all.” Rather than analysing his own variations, he simply analysed his opponent’s fears and prevented him from using his strengths.
GM Adly, who fell to Wajdy’s telepathic footwork in this bout, is certainly no lightweight: he is currently 2640 FIDE, he was the 2005 African chess champion, and he was the 2007… world… junior… champion!
Here are the gamescore and the original promo for the lecture:
White: Wajdy Shebetah
Black: GM Ahmed Adly
B44 Sicilian Taimanov 5. c4
The Amazing Wajdy
Mind Reading in Chess
On Monday March 7, at 7:00 pm, the Amazing Wajdy will demonstrate the technique of chess telepathy. Mastering this uncanny skill is guaranteed to lend superhuman strength to your chess performance, and levitate your rating before your eyes!