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)
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
Many congratulations to Kevin Hurst (pic attached) who triumphed in our inaugural ECC Bubble Blitz tournament last night, scoring an unbeaten 8/9 with a characteristically fizzy display of attacking chess. It was a performance worthy of a Formula 1 style bottle-spraying, but Kevin wisely decided to keep the bubbly on ice until the club's Premiership-winning party next summer.
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?
When I first looked at the history of Western Chess, I thought that the
original game was Chaturanga, a game played in India before 600AD.
Chess as played in other countries seems to come from the Arab form of
Chess called Shatranj. And that is what I used to tell people.
Your style: are you a Steady Eddie or a Bonkers Billie?
Your memory: can you commit the key traps and variations to memory?
Your study time: can you find and absorb what you need to play this system well?
Your aims: are you trying to get a playable position? are you trying to
set your opponent problems, so they make a mistake? are you inviting
your opponent to waltz with you blindfold on the edge of a cliff? are
you trying to lure them into unfamiliar territory, or a trap?