My young colleague Leif enjoys endgames, and has an endless curiosity about unbalanced endgames. So he asks:
can you win with three pawns against a Bishop?
how about a Knight?
what about two Knights?
A pattern we kept running into was:
united pawns on their start squares don't win against a piece (a)
united and *advanced* pawns win against a piece (b)
there are some special cases where the side with the piece can set up a blockade or fortressagainst advanced pawns (c)
[Event "Fortress (a)"]
Exeter 2-4 Tiverton (AWAY) Sun 1st Nov 2015
190 Lorenz Hartmann (W) 0-1 Jack Rudd 216
185 Tim Paulden (B) ½-½ Mike Richardt 187
180 David Regis 1-0 Kevin Hurst 183
179 Christopher Lowe ½-½ Brian Hewson 176
155 Matthew Best 0-1 Simon Bartlett 167
131 Piet Dobber 0-1 Ivor Annetts 153
Negotiations about the date seemed endless, but it was all decided
quickly on the day we visited Tiverton in our first Bremridge League
On top board, White played with ambition but not so much coordination
against the Semi-Slav, and allowed a quick Bd6-e5 trapping the Rook in
Last week the juniors saw the game of Shogi played. It's the sort of chess played in Japan, and by our new friends Kaz and Hatzune. How is Shogi related to the sort of chess that we normally play?
We had lots of wonderful volunteers at the Riviera, which left me free
to be a roving coach. Come and see the Chess Doctor, I said, and he
will find our what's wrong with your chess, and suggest some treatments.
I usually have about my person some positions to amuse young players at the end of an evening.
Here are some of my favourites:
White to play and...
1. Mate in half a move (?)
2. Mate in 6 (Halumbirek)
3. Mate in 2 (?)
4. Mate Black without taking a pawn (Brown)
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Coaching Programme Summer 2015
Tuesdays 7.30pm Small Bar, Heavitree Social Centre
7th July Opening workshop (move orders in the Accelerated Dragon, home-made openings, suggestions from the floor) http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/opening-workshop-2015
14^th July: Passed Pawn Pandemonium http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/passed-pawn-pandemonium
21^st July: Tactical knockouts with Tim: http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/tims-tactics
28^th July: Blunder-checking http://exeterchessclub.org.uk/content/blunder-proofing-your-game