Switching the Attack

All our games so far have been selected (after a study of many thousands) to exemplify types of strategy which can be classified with the greatest possible clarity. But it must be admitted that these games, though of great didactic value, are not altogether typical of the rough-and-tumble of practical play, where all too often one's opponent anticipates and frustrates one's deep-laid plans. All down the years the technique of chess has been advancing and the percentage of draws increasing, so...

The Queens Side Majority

We now go on to examine a typical winning procedure on the Q side, allowing the method to explain itself as it unfolds in the following games. The first sees Duras defeating Amos Burn, who was sixty-four at the time and playing in his last tournament. Queen's Gambit Declined9 Janowski Variation In this move unusual so early there is already a hint of Q-side intentions if an opportunity arises. Here and again on the 10th move Q-side expansion is observed in progress. With this dual-purpose move...

Attacking the Uncastled King

The most primitive way of winning a game of chess and to some bloodthirsty temperaments the most satisfying is to open an assault on the enemy King at the earliest moment, catch him before he can castle, and finish him off there and I hen. Chances of achieving this against a reasonably prudent opponent are slight, but they do occur even at international level, as the following examples show. International Team Tournament, Munich, 1936 White Wojciechowski Poland Black Weiss Austria French...