The Canon

Dr. Dave's Canon of Instructional Chess Games

You see the same tired old examples in every instructional book, and all over this website. Why not put them all in a PGN file? You can play along with most of the games on this site from this page or another one. This needs a better index(left), but here they are:
  • Hover mouse over board squares to see extra controls e.g. b2 = toggle autoplay, b5 = search, a5 = repeat last search, f3 = next game, f8 = shortcuts help
Select a section of the canon to go to below:

Chess Quotes

"The delight in gambits is a sign of chess youth... In very much the same way as the young man, on reaching his manhood years, lays aside the Indian stories and stories of adventure, and turns to the psychological novel, we with maturing experience leave off gambit playing and become interested in the less vivacious but withal more forceful manoeuvres of the position player."
— Emanuel LASKER