Wednesday May 28, 2008

Spassky - McNab drawn!

Here's something one does not read about every day: an amateur drawing with a Grandmaster. Not to mention the fact that the game was played with the contestants separated by 8,000 mile (12, 875 km). Grandmaster Spassky is the former world champion who was defeated in 1972 by Grandmaster Bobby Fischer (who had a losing record to Spassky at the time of the match). Fischer's playing strength had by 1972 surpassed every one else in the world, and Spassky never really had a chance, though he gave his all.

Fischer gave up his World Champion title by forfeit in 1975, when he refused to defend the title against rising Soviet Grandmaster Anatoly Karpov. The world lost a great chess match when Fischer refused to play Karpov. Personally, I think Fischer would have hard pressed to defeat Karpov in 1975 who was gaining strength seemingly by the day in the mid-1970s, and Fischer had not played chess for 3 years.

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Saturday May 10, 2008

Happy Birthday, GM Schmid

German Grandmaster Lothar Schmid is 80 years old today.

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Wednesday Apr 23, 2008

White gives a lesson

White strives - as usual - for the King's Indian Attack. Black steers into an English Opening and hangs pieces all over the place, starting with his Queen. White misses an elegant win but applies checkmate anyway.

Terry Gardner - Anonymous 1-0
Apr 22, 2008
A26 - English/Closed Variation

1.Nf3 g6
2.g3 Bg7
3.Bg2 e5
4.O-O f5
5.d3 d6
6.c4 Nf6
7.Nc3 Nc6
8.Rb1 a5
9.a3 O-O
10.b4 h6
11.b5 Ne7
12.d4

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White (that's me) is intent on having bad pawn structure on the Queenside :)
[12.Qc2 Be6 13.Bb2]
12. ... Be6
[12. ... e4 is better]
13.dxe5
now White has the advantage, even after loosening his Queenside
[13.d5 Bf7]
13. ... Ne4
14.Qc2
protecting the Knight, which should have been done earlier with Bb2
14. ... Nc5??
15.exd6
[15.Rd1 most of the time, it is better to continue to apply pressure, in this case by threatening the Queen indirectly Qc8 Moves the Queen out of the line-of-fire of the Rook on d1]
15. ... Qxd6??

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not good. Black wants to preserve his Queenside pawn structure, but this move puts his Queen in jeopardy. Black is in real trouble now.
16.Bf4 Bxc4

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Black is on drugs. He just hung his Queen out to dry.
17.Bxd6 cxd6
18.Nd2 Bxc3
19.Nxc4

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Applying pressure to d6 (a pawn without support from other pawns) and attacking the Bishop on c3. White threatens to capture the Bishop with his Queen: if this is allowed, the White Queen will be placed on a diagonal with direct access to the Black King's position.
19. ... Bd4
Which Black ignores
20.Nxd6 Rab8
worse and worse, but White misses the best continuation on the next move (this was a two-minute game and I was running out of time)
21.e3
[White can demolish Black with 21.Qc4+ Kh7 22.Qxd4 b6 23.Qe5 Ng8 24.Nf7 Closing the net and threatening checkmate Rxf7 25.Qxb8 Ne7 26.Qxb6 Ne4 27.Bxe4 Rg7 (27. ... fxe4 28.Qe6 Kg7 29.b6 Ng8 30.b7 Re7 31.Qxe7+ Nxe7

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now it's mate in 7)]

21. ... Bxe3 what? the rest of this is not worth repeating. White finally applies checkmate on move 47.

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Thursday Jan 17, 2008

Bobby Fischer has died ...

I read this morning that Bobby Fischer has died. Bummer. I plan to not move a single pawn today. I am one of those people who choose to overlook Fischer's absurd statements and concentrate on studying his chess.

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