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GM Davorin Kuljasevic’s “Develop Counter-intuitive Thinking!” - Conditioned Reflex

Opening: E60, D11, D18, D07, A90:

Player(s): Vitiugov, Wei, Ter Sahakyan, Kuljasevic, Holt, Plat, Makogonov, Ragozin

Conditioned reflex is a term that was introduced by grandmaster Alexander Kotov in his famous book 'Think like a Grandmaster' to describe chess players' tendency to make automatic decisions based on certain well-known patterns or situations in a chess game. These kinds of decisions are usually made automatically because chess players know that they work in 95% of similar positions. However, what about the remaining 5%? Such positions will be discussed in this chapter through 5 instructive examples. We will see that even the most straightforward and natural-looking moves that we usually make on 'autopilot' can have strong counter-intuitive alternatives, or even be wrong.

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Teacher's library (22) OFFICIAL COURSE 9 E60 D11 D18 D07 A90 Vitiugov Wei Ter Sahakyan Kuljasevic Holt Plat Makogonov Ragozin game analysis

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