Free tactics e-book


Here is a collection of very short games organised by tactical theme.  The main aim is to give you a quick run-through the basic tactical ideas in genuine positions.nbsp; One advantage of using short games is that you can set the positions up on a board very quickly and accurately.nbsp; You can of course just use the diagrams as test positions.nbsp; If you have a database that you can use with a group, you might like the PGN regardless.

The Opera Box Game

Just in case anyone hasn't seen it before: I forget that it is new and fresh to every generation of chess players.

Level 290

We're used to doing puzzles which might be mate-in-one (Level I), mate-in-two (Level II) and so on. Someone asked on Friday, what's the highest level you can get? Well, I have heard of a 1220-move monster by Babson, but that has some peculiar conditions.

The most moves in a forced-mate problem with no conditions is this one, from Otto Blathy, who published a whole book of such monsters.

Mate in 290 -- best of luck!

The Great Match

Ray and I picked a team each (the Lions and the Tigers).

Some games from the match:

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[Event "Lions vs. Tigers"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2008.12.12"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Pawel"]
[Black "Adam"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C47"]
[PlyCount "46"]

1. e4 1... e5  2. Nf3  2... Nc6  3. Nc3 (3. d4 {Scotch Game})
(3. Bc4 {Italian Game}) (3. Bb5 {Ruy Lopez (Spanish Game)}) 3... Nf6 {
 These all-square Four Knights' positions are pretty dull and I think are


You have to feel sorry for him, but it's also hard not to laugh: the world champion shows a computer who's boss...

Position (Black to play and lose):

[Event "The Duel"]
[Site "Bonne GER"]
[Date "2006.11.27"]
[Round "2"]
[White "DEEP FRITZ"]
[Black "Kramnik, V."]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2750"]
[SetUp "1"]
[FEN "5N1k/q5p1/7p/4P3/pp2Q3/8/1P4PP/2b4K b - - 0 34"]
[PlyCount "2"]
[EventDate "2006.11.25"]
34... Qe3 35. Qh7# 1-0

Chess with Attitude

This is how to play chess, not stodging around the edges, trying not to lose:

[Event "Model game 3.1: lightning deve"]
[Site "Model game 3.1: lightning dev"]
[Date "1858.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Morphy"]
[Black "duke/count"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 Bg4 4. dxe5 Bxf3 5. Qxf3 dxe5 {[#]  Morphy had many
contemporaries who could attack as well as he, but more than anyone Morphy


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