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Pairing of the decade?

[Event "Bygger'n Masters"]
[Site "Gausdal"]
[Date "2006.10.02"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Hammer, Jon Ludvig"]
[Black "Time, Jonathan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C11"]
[WhiteElo "2306"]
[BlackElo "1864"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2006.09.24"]

1. e4 e6 2. Nf3 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. d4 c5 6. dxc5 Nc6 7. Bf4 Bxc5 8.
Bd3 f6 9. exf6 Nxf6 10. Qe2 O-O 11. O-O-O a6 12. Rhe1 b5 13. Ne5 Nd4 14. Qd2
Qa5 15. Be3 b4 16. Nb1 Nf5 17. Bxc5 Qxc5 18. Bxf5 exf5 19. Nd3 Qd6 20. Qxb4
Qxh2 21. Nf4 a5 22. Qd4 Qh6 23. Nc3 Bb7 24. Re7 Ne4 25. Kb1 Bc6 26. Ncxd5 Rad8

Making Tactics Work

1. A chess tactic is an unstoppable threat.  Often you can Avoid, Block, Capture or Defend your way out of a threat, but if you can't, you're probably on the receiving end of a tactic.

2. Tactical themes include:

  • jumps, mates, forks, nets, pins & ties

A fuller list of tactical themes might be:

Novel Opening Play

Jonathan wanted to have something on this session thinking about the English Opening, but, in case you don't play that system, I'll broaden it out a bit.

The experience of meeting novelty

It needn't be a completely new move, of course, just new to you.

Let's see if we can create that experience for you.

Some examples that we came up with:

As White, facing 1.d4 e5!?
As White, facing 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nd4!?
As Black, facing 1.e4 e5 2.Bc4 Nf6 3.d4!?

What are we going to do now? 1/2

[Event "PC2 12/7/11 23:45"]
[Site "Palm Handheld"]
[Date "2011.07.12"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Southall, Chris"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "r1bq1rk1/2pn1pbp/1p1p1np1/pP2p3/2P5/2N1PN2/PB1PBPPP/R2Q1RK1 w - - 0 10"]
[PlyCount "26"]

10. d4 {Chris says: "Move 10 was where I wasn't sure what to do. I had
developed my minor pieces and felt like I needed to challenge black's solid
setup and open lines for my bishop which is somewhat blunted. I was also wary
of black's knight getting into c5. I also had an eye on the c6 square as black

Bobby Fischer Against the World

Just been to see Bobby Fischer Against the World at the Exeter PictureHouse.

Lots to say about it (I'm a Fischer nut, but there were loads of stills I hadn't seen, and live footage) but I mentioned one error I thought I noticed:

The breakthrough Game 3 of Spassky-Fischer was indeed notable for its unusual opening play by Fischer, but it was a defence he had played before, contrary to what I think people were saying in the film.

[Event "Interzonal"]
[Site "Palma de Mallorca"]
[Date "1970.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "22"]
[Result "0-1"]

Opening development and coordination


There are useful opening 'rules' (really, guidelines) which should be known and adopted at least until you know better.  Sadly, even strict obedience to the rules can lead to trouble, so you have to learn some specific opening lines.  You don't have to know every opening, but you need at least one system for White and a couple as Black.  Which ones you choose depends on your style and your appetite for study.

Opening principles

It's useful to review and rehearse the

Openings Workshop 2011

Knight Work

Charlie Keen

I don't have notes but I do have this very nifty slideshow.

The 65th square

The secret of Grandmaster play is to make use of the hidden 65th square on the chess board. I'm sure you've all had the experience of having a piece come at you, apparently out of nowhere, to take one of your army. That piece came from the 65th square.

I can't show you the square, because it's not on the usual 8x8 grid system, but I can show you that it is there.

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Chess Quotes

"The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made."