Saturday, June 3, 2017

Alekhine's Defense

The Alekhine Defense is a hyper modern opening in which Black allows White to get a broad pawn center and then counter-attacks it.
1. e4 Nf6 
2. e5 Nd5 
3. d4 d6 
4. Nf3 Bg4 
5. Be2 e6 
6. O-O Be7 
7. c4 Nb6 
8. Nc3 O-O 
9. Be3 d5 
10. c5 Bxf3 
11. gxf3 N6d7 
12. f4 c6
White has a slightly better position

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Queens Gambit Declined (QGD), Tartakower Variation

Queens Gambit Declined
Tartakower variation (ECO D58,D59)

1. d4 d5
2. c4 e6
3. Nc3 Nf6
4. Bg5 Be7
5. e3 0-0
6. Nf3 h6
7. Bh4 b6
8. cxd5 Nxd5
if 8..... exd5 9.Bd3 Bb7 10.0-0 Ne4 11.Bxe7 Qxe7 12.Ne5 Nd7 13.f4 Nxe5 14.fxe5 c5 15.Qe1 Rad8 16.Rd1 Qg5 17.Rf3 f6 (=)
9. Bxe7 Qxe7
10. Nxd5 exd5
11. Rc1 Be6
12. Bd3 c5
13. dxc5 bxc5
14. 0-0 Nd7
15. e4 d4
16. Bb1 Rfb8
Unclear position

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Isolated Pawn

An Isolated Pawn is a weakness in the Middlegame and Endgame since it needs to be protected by pieces constantly.
Below is a Grandmaster game in which White systematically builds pressure over the isolated pawn.
White: V. Topalov
Black: G. Kamsky
12. O-O Ne7 13. Nf3 O-O 14. Qd3 Qd7 15. Rd1 Rfd8 16. Be3 a517. g3 h6 18. Bb6 Rdc8 19. Bd4 Bc5 20. Bc3 Bb4 21. Be5 Bd6 22. Rd2 Be5 23. Ne5 Qd6 24. Re1 Rc7 25. Qf3 Rf8 26. Kg2 Rb7 27. h4 Qb4 28. Ree2 Qa4 29. b3 Qb4 30. Nd3 Qd6 31. h5 Rc7 32. Nf4 d4 33. Re4 Nc6 34. Nd3 Rd8 35. Rc2 Nb4 36. Nb4 ab4 37. Rd4 captures the Isolated Pawn
White won on the 55th move

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Opening Traps

Great Correspondence Chess Game

[White "Yakov Estrin"]
[Black "Hans Berliner"]
[ECO "C57"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 4.Ng5 d5 5.exd5 b5 6.Bf1 Nd4 7.c3 Nxd5 8.Ne4 Qh4 9.Ng3 Bg4 10.f3 e4 11.cxd4 Bd6 12.Bxb5+ Kd8 13.O-O exf3 14.Rxf3 Rb8 15.Be2 Bxf3 16.Bxf3 Qxd4+ 17.Kh1 Bxg3 18.hxg3 Rb6 19.d3 Ne3 20.Bxe3 Qxe3 21.Bg4 h5 22.Bh3 g5 23.Nd2 g4 24.Nc4 Qxg3 25.Nxb6 gxh3 26.Qf3 hxg2+ 27.Qxg2 Qxg2+ 28.Kxg2 cxb6 29.Rf1 Ke7 30.Re1+ Kd6 31.Rf1 Rc8 32.Rxf7 Rc7 33.Rf2 Ke5 34.a4 Kd4 35.a5 Kxd3 36.Rf3+ Kc2 37.b4 b5 38.a6 Rc4 39.Rf7 Rxb4 40.Rb7 Rg4+ 41.Kf3 b4 42.Rxa7 b3 0-1