Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Spanish Grandmasters

Watching Spain plod through the World Cup rounds, I keep getting the feeling that they play football, similar to a grandmaster playing chess. Xavi in particular being the mover.
  • The score is usually 1-0.
  • They play a series of small moves, and suddenly the whole layout has dramatically changed.
  • They play moves and lines that you just couldn't see until they showed it to you
  • Everyone but the aficionado gets bored watching them
  • They know they have 90 minutes to win the game, and don't try to hurry it. Thus not giving the opponent a chance to capitalize on any error.
  • No useless shots at goal (checks). One is good enough to win most games.

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