Saturday, August 20, 2011

Lucena Position

One of the most important and basic positions in Rook and Pawn endgames is the Lucena position.

The technique is to build a 'bridge' for the King with your Rook so that the passed pawn can be promoted.

Try it yourself on Chessvideos
Details with different variations on Wiki Explanation from IM Jeremy Silman

Analysis on YouTube

Evergreen Game

This is the famous game played between Anderssen and Dufresne.

At the time of playing this game, Anderssen was considered to be the strongest player in the world. This game also has a brilliant Queen sacrifice, similar to the Immortal game.

White: Adolf Anderssen
Black: Jean Dufresne

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Ba5 6.d4 exd4 7.O-O
d3 8.Qb3 Qf6 9.e5 Qg6 10.Re1 Nge7 11.Ba3 b5 12.Qxb5 Rb8 13.Qa4
Bb6 14.Nbd2 Bb7 15.Ne4 Qf5 16.Bxd3 Qh5 17.Nf6+ gxf6 18.exf6
Rg8 19.Rad1 Qxf3 20.Rxe7+ Nxe7 21.Qxd7+ Kxd7 22.Bf5+ Ke8
23.Bd7+ Kf8 24.Bxe7# 1-0

Play through the Evergreen game

YouTube videos - Animation & Analysis

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Judit Polgar on life as a Super-GM mom

When Lars Grahn asked Judit Polgar eleven years ago, as she was about to get married to her boyfriend Gustav, if she thought it was possible to combine family life with a chess career at top level, and she told him she would let me know when she had some experience of it. Eleven years and two children later Judit replied provided the answer in an in-depth interview in CHESS Magazine.

Download the full article here