I’ve beaten a few, so I should know, right?
It used to be so easy. I would go on an open tournament and breeze through the first several rounds, without preparation or anything. Those days were only a bit more busy than a rest day.
In the 1990s club players didn’t know anything. They didn’t know openings
, they didn’t know middlegame plans
, they had no positional understanding, they didn’t know endgames
. Beating them was basically a matter of showing up and waiting for them to mess up, sooner rather than later. Things slowly started to change in the new millennium...