QrQl

Black was relying on this move in his previous calculations. We also examine some other possibilities a) 31 . Q-KBl 32 QxQ.+ KXQ33 NxKP-f and wins. b) 31 . . . P-K4 32 B-Q5+ and mate. c) 31 . . . Q-QBl 32 BxN QxB 33 NxKP BxN 34 QxB+ and the queen end-game is easily won for White. d) 31 QrKl 32 BxN BxB 33 NxKP Q-B2 34 QxQ+ KxQ 35 N-Q8+ winning a piece. e) 31 . . . N-Ql 32 P-R5 with a winning attack. Now neither the queen nor the knight can be taken. The chief threat is 33 QxQ+ NxQ.34 N-B6+...

BxN RxB RxR QxR QxQBxQ NPxP White can reach an

Endgame which is won in the long run. Some masterly analysis by the Yugoslav Vasja Pirc proved that point. Notice that Black must recapture in that way on Q4 because of White's Best, as shown by the following variations a) 37 PxP Q-R6 38 BxN (38 P-K4 NxP ) 38 . . . QxNP-f and wins b) 37 P-B3 Q.-R6 38 BxN QxNP+ 39 K-Rl RxB and wins c) 37 B-K5 Q-R6 38 BxN PXP+ 39 KXP Q.-R7+ and wins. A positively diabolical intermediate move. This assures the draw. 38 . . . BxB would have been too ambitious...

The Attack on the King

Most common in practice are combinations directed against the enemy king, so the chapter in front of us is the longest and most important in the book. We shall successively make acquaintance with various methods of carrying out an attack, under the following subheadings e) holes in the enemy king-position One has to realise that a survey like this can never be complete. We often find combinations that could have been classified under more than one heading. However, in order to put everything...

Desperado Combinations and Intermediate Moves

Pretty well every chess player has had at least one experience of having his beautifully composed symphony of combinations silenced by an intermediate move-in itself often very simple-which he had not taken into account in his calculations. Our first example, borrowed from the game Dr. Em. Lasker-Dr. M. Euwe, Nottingham 1936, shows us that not even world champions are infallible in this respect. A simple enough position. Euwe, who had led the tournament throughout, could not content himself...

BxP

The white queen is overloaded because both the bishop on QB4 and the KBP are under her protection. The rook on KBl is no better off this piece in the first place must attend to the protection of the rook on QBl. Finally the pawn on KN2 must keep the KN file closed, so that with the text move Black has won an important pawn. Tartakower accordingly won the game without much trouble. Ex-World Champion Vasily Smyslov is, like his great Cuban predecessor...