I've identified that the weaknesses in my game are:
Materialism: Most of my wins are where I've won some material and converted the advantage in an endgame. However outside of this plan, e.g. launching a mating attack, my knowledge is not up to scratch
Missing strong sacrifices: I can see pawn sacrifices in exercises, but I know in a game situation I would not make them. After all, my materialism screams "don't make a material concession!"
Undervaluing the initiative: I tend to underestimate an initiative advantage based on superior development, both for myself and my opponent. E.g. I might lag behind in development to ensure a superior pawn structure
My question is, can you recommend a training plan to boost my understanding of the initiative and making sacrifices?
- Rated 2050 Elo
- Playing 1. d4 as White, Slav and Caro-Kann as Black