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Degraded chess thinking
01/02/20 at 21:59:25
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Was watching Andrew Martin (2007) Foxy 76: The Hippo with 1...b6, g6, wherein Martin presents the game Shaw vs Martin, 4NCL 2004

At 0h39m51s, discussing 19...Nd5 20.exd5 exd5, Martin has this to say:
White has to make a massive mental readjustment in the middle of the game from attack to defence. Whereas white was pressing a few moves ago now he's got to defend. This is precisely a psychological crucial point in the game which a lot of players cannot simply adjust to. You know, this type of adjustment in the middle of the game is the most difficult thing you can possibly imagine....

And in the same game at 0h43m12s, discussing the variation 46...c4 47.Qf8+ Kh5?? 48.g4+ Kg5 49.h4#, he says something that might be a corollary:
Panic sets in when you're winning very cleanly and the opponent gets even the slightest chance.

So I thought it would be interesting to collect some examples of other situations which lead to a player making worse moves than they were making before in the same game. I can say from personal experience that when I have a slight edge in a normal middlegame position and my opponent unsoundly sacrifices a minor piece, I tend to play quite badly over the next few moves.
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