Napoleon once remarked: “Ability is of little account without opportunity.” A very wise observation. How can we get some of this opportunity ? We require the Roman Goddess Fortuna to smile upon us …
Below is a game that makes no claims on perfection. White makes a surprising speculative piece sacrifice at one point, hoping for some attacking opportunities. And we know what that could mean…
Berezjuk,S – Stets,D
Czech Republic 1997
What to make of this entertaining game? The Purists might sneer and turn away — and who can really blame them? The defence failed at several points.
But I prefer to look at this game thru the filter of opportunity and luck. They go hand in hand…White’s Knight sacrifice on d5 created chances. He was better at exploiting them than his opponent.