Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Another Tarrasch game from the Nurnberg Chess Congress of 1883

Here is one of the games I played through last night. Tarrasch sacs the exchange to force a winning endgame.

One thing I have been doing is following some advice from the book Developing Chess Talent. It talks about going through a game 3 times. I have heard that before from Bronstein, but this time they say to do predict-a-move on the 3rd time through the game. What I have found is that by the 3rd time I can play through the whole game for both sides. There are other things you are supposed to do, such as state a reason why that move is good. I have been surprised at how easily some of the games are staying with me. They haven't been very long, this one here probably being the longest so far. The first time a game stuck with me like that was when I played through Short - Timman from Tilburg 1991. It is an Alekhine's Defense game where Short ends up marching his king up the board to help his Queen mate Timman, and there is nothing that Timman's forces can do to stop it. It struck me as a humorous game. Anyways, back to scheduled programming.

A nice mate

While working through a section of Joel's book I was playing through this game:


1. d4 b5 2. Nf3 Bb7 3. g3 Nf6 4. Bg2 e6 5. O-O Be7 6. Nbd2 d6 7. c3 Nbd7 8. Re1
c5 9. e4 c4 10. e5 dxe5 11. dxe5 Nd5 12. Nd4 a6 13. Qg4 g6 14. N2f3 h5 15. Qe4
Nc5 16. Qc2 Nd3 17. Rd1 Qc7 18. Bf1 Nxe5 19. Bd2 h4 20. Nxe5 Qxe5 21. Re1 Qd6
22. Rad1 hxg3 23. fxg3 O-O-O 24. a4 Nf6 25. Bf4 Qb6 26. axb5 axb5 27. Bg2 Nd5
28. Bd2 Rh7 29. Re2 Rdh8 30. Bf3 Bd6 31. Be1 e5 32. Bf2 Rxh2 33. Bg4+ Kb8 34.
Nf3 Rh1+ 35. Kg2 Ne3+ 1-0

I was looking at position after 34.Nf3


Obviously the person playing Black already had in their mind a plan to mate with the rooks, but I was thinking that Rh1+ Kg2 Ne3 would be a cute mate except for the fact the bishop on f2 and rook on e2 are guarding e3, which led me to  34..Qxf2+! Rxf2 35.Rh1+ Kg2 36.Ne3# .

Monday, May 17, 2010

Cute miniature from Tarrasch at Nurnberger Chess Congress of 1883

Here is a cute little mating attack by Tarrasch against Jacques Schwarz at the Nurnberger Chess Congress of 1883. Schwarz thought the safe thing to do was castle, but castling walked right into a nasty attack.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Nice endgame from Schlechter at Karlsbad 1911

I have moved on to Karlsbad 1911 as my next tournament to play through after Cambridge Springs 1904. Already the 1st 2 games I have played through this afternoon have been very interesting. Here is a nice win by Schlechter with the Black pieces, as he converts a nice Rook Ending after having a very advanced passed pawn.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Battle Continues

The struggle between Bernhard Richter and Siegbert Tarrasch continues. In this game Tarrasch exchanges off a bunch of material with a line that is similar to the mating attack where it looks like the player is just giving up his Queen by moving a Knight pinned to the Queen by a Bishop, but his Knights and Bishop have a mating attack on the Black King. In this line Tarrasch doesn't have a mating attack, but at the end he stands better with an attack in progress against the Black King, and Black's pieces not cooperating with each other at all.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Richter Strikes Back!

I continued to work through the Halle section of Tarrasch's 300 Games. Once again he was facing Bernhard Richter, and he underestimated his opponent's attacking chances after opening up lines in the position. Richter quickly punishes him with a deadly attack.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Training Update

I have managed to continue getting in my daily dose of tactics problems on chess.com. I broke the 2500 level for the 1st time the other week. My success rate has started to fall since I reached that level though. Most of my chess time lately though is involved with going through a book NM Joel Johnson is working on, and looking for mistakes, both with editing and with chess. It is interesting work, and the book is about attacking chess so it is fun material as well.

I have also been reading through Dan Heisman's Elements of Positional Evaluation.

I will probably play through some more of Tarrasch's games today, and maybe finish off the last part of Kotov's work on central pawn formations.

I still need to spend some time working on my opening repertoire, and start playing some blitz online to help work on it.