The Windmill

[Event "Moscow"]
[Site "Moscow URS"]
[Date "1925.11.25"]
[EventDate "1925.11.10"]
[Round "12"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Carlos Torre Repetto"]
[Black "Emanuel Lasker"]
[ECO "A46"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "85"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. Bg5 c5 4. e3 cxd4 5. exd4 Be7 6. Nbd2
d6 7. c3 Nbd7 8. Bd3 b6 9. Nc4 Bb7 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. O-O O-O
12. Rfe1 Rfe8 13. Rad1 Nf8 14. Bc1 Nd5 15. Ng5 b5 16. Na3 b4
17. cxb4 Nxb4 18. Qh5 Bxg5 19. Bxg5 Nxd3 20. Rxd3 Qa5 21. b4
Qf5 22. Rg3 h6 23. Nc4 Qd5 24. Ne3 Qb5 25. Bf6 Qxh5 26. Rxg7+

Blunder-proofing your game

Three quite shocking examples from junior chess.

[Event "Blunder-proofing"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "r2q1rk1/1pp2ppp/p6B/3pPb2/1n1P4/5NQ1/PPP2PPP/R4RK1 b - - "]
[Setup "1"]

1...Nxc2?? 2.Qxg7#

[Event "Blunder-proofing"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015"]
[Round "?"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "r3kb1r/ppp1pppp/8/3q4/3N4/7P/PPPPbPP1/R1BQ1RK1 w kq - 0 10"]
[Setup "1"]

10.Qxe2?? (10.Nxe2!) *

[Event "Blunder-proofing"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015"]
[Round "?"]

What are the odds?

We discussed odds-giving last Friday - that is, starting without one or more of your pieces.

I mentioned one of my favourite Lasker stories, where he teased a player who didn't know hime, which I quote from Chernev (1948):

Lasker `I think the odds of a Knight is an advantage to the odds-giver. You can get your Queen Rook into play quickly, and work up a strong attack. Let me try to give you a Knight odds.' Lasker's adversary assured him that at Knight odds, he (Lasker) would not have a chance. They tried a game though, and Lasker won. `You see,' said

Lessons in Philidor's Defence - live action version

This page is a play-through version of

[Event "Lessons in Philidor's Defence"]
[Site "Exeter"]
[Date "2014.06.07"]
[Round "1"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "Philidor"]
[Result "*"]
[ECO "C41"]

The six basic tactics

Here's eight of them!

The different types of tactic are:

jumps (discovery)
nets &
ties (undermining and overloading)

Here's one of each:

[Event "2.1 Forks"]
[Site "Italy?, "]
[Date "1801.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Greco, G."]
[Black "NN"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C41"]
[Annotator "An ancient Queen fork"]
[PlyCount "11"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. h3 Nf6 4. c3 4... Nxe4 {
# After the Knight, the piece that is best for forks is the Queen} 5. Qa4+ c6
6. Qxe4 1-0

[Event "2.2 Pins"]
[Site "corr, "]
[Date "1986.??.??"]

Vukovic's mates

Shredder/Chess Tutor Daily Chess Puzzle (IFRAME)

[Daily Chess Puzzle]

Christmas Card puzzle 2011


by Sam Loyd, 'Organ Pipes'

Solution in the comments!

A Queen sacrifice

I played an extremely boring last-round game at Torquay, choosing the English Defence, which is usually good for a scrap at my level.

Archer-Lock,C - Regis,D Torbay Open Riviera (5), 20.11.2011

1.d4 e6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e4 Bb7 5.Bd3 f5 6.Qh5+ g6

The Queen check is supposed to weaken the black King's-side, but it also has some benefits for Black; f5 is strengthened and the g7 square can be a bolt-hole for the black Queen.

7.Qe2 Nf6 8.Bg5 fxe4 9.Bxe4 Bxe4 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Qxe4 Nc6 12.Nf3 0-0 ½-½

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:

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Chess Quotes

"At that time two opposing concepts of the Game called forth commentary and discussion. The foremost players distinguished two principal types of Game, the formal and the psychological."
— Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game