Saturday, October 25, 2014

Pawnless Endgames

Endgame positions without any pawns on the board are rare to occur. But when they happen, it is important to play precisely without wasting even a single move.
Read more details on Wiki, also Click Here for some more positions.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Silman's favourite positional chess games

Below are a series of instructive articles by IM Jeremy Silman on In his own words,
When discussing great games, many chess fans always think of slashing attacks and outrageous combinations. While every world-class player tossed out more than a few epic combinations at some point in his career, positional masterpieces are far harder to find.
In this series, I’ll take a look back at the classic games that affected me profoundly, and those games were almost always positional in nature.
Part1, Part2, Part3, Part4, Part5, Part6, Part7, Part8, Part9, Part10, Part11, Part12, Part13

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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Brilliant Endgame

Alapin - Rubinstein, Vienna 1908
After 28 moves, the below position was reached:
White here continued:
29. Bg3-c7 Re8xe1
30. Rf1xe1 Rd8-d2
31. Re1-e8+ Kg8-f7
32. Re8-a8 Rd2xb2
33. Ra8xa7 Kf7-g6
34. a2-a4 h7-h5
35. a4-a5 b6xa5
36. Ra7xa5 Rb2-c2
37. Bc7-g3 Kg6-h6
38. Bg3-f2 Nc5-e4
39. Bf2-e3+ Kh6-g6
40. Ra5-a4 Ne4-g3
41. Be3-f4 Ng3-e2+
42. Kg1-h2 h5-h4!
43. Bf4-d6 Kg6-h5
44. Ra4-a5+ Kh5-h6
45. Ra5-f5 Kh6-g6
46. Rf5-f2 Rc2-d2
47. Bd6-f4 Rd2-c2
48. Bf4-d6 Kg6-f7
49. Bd6-a3 Kf7-e6
50. Ba3-f8 g7-g6
51. Bf8-g7 f6-f5
52. Bg7-h6 Ke6-f6
53. Bh6-f8 g6-g5
54. Bf8-d6 Kf6-e6
55. Bd6-b8 Rc2-d2
56. Bb8-c7 g5-g4
57. h3xg4 f5xg4
58. g2-g3 h4-h3!
59. Bc7-b8 Ke6-d5
60. Bb8-f4 Rd2-c2
61. Bf4-e3 Kd5-e4
62. Be3-g5 Ke4-d3
63. Bg5-h6 Ne2-d4
64. Rf2xc2 Nd4xc2
65. Bh6-f4 Kd3-e2
66. Bf4-b8 Nc2-e3
67. Kh2-g1 Ke2-f3
68. Bb8-c7 Ne3-f1!!
69. Bc7-b8 Nf1xg3
70. Bb8-c7 Ng3-e2+
71. Kg1-h2 Ne2-f4
72. Bc7-b6 g4-g3+
73. Kh2-h1 Nf4-d3
74. Kh1-g1 h3-h2+
75. Kg1-h1 Nd3-f2+
76. Bb6xf2 g3xf2
77. Kh1-h2 f2-f1(R)
78. Kh2-h3 Rf1-h1#

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Giuoco Piano Trap

1. e2-e4 e7-e5

2. Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
3. Bf1-c4 Nc6-d4?! better move is Bf8-c5
4. Nf3xe5? correct move is d2-d3 or 0-0 Qd8-g5! attacking both Ne5 and g2 pawn at the same time
5. Ne5xf7 Qg5xg2
6. Rh1-f1 if Nf7xh8 Qg2xh1+ followed by Qh1xe4 wins for Black Qg2xe4+
7. Bc4-e2 Nd4-f3# a beautiful smothered mate!
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Saturday, October 4, 2014

Goring Gambit

The Goring gambit is a good choice for beginners to play attacking chess.
1. e2-e4 e7-e5
2. Ng1-f3 Nb8-c6
3. d2-d4 e5xd4
4. c2-c3 d4xc3 accepting the gambit pawn. It is also possible to decline with 4..... d7-d5
5. Nb1xc3 Bf8-b4
6. Bf1-c4 d7-d6
7. 0-0 White is ahead in development and has open lines for attack. Plan for White will be to attack the f7 pawn by Ng5, Qb3, etc.
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