To The Dover Edition

This new edition of The Brilliant Touch in Chess will acquaint a still wider circle of readers with a collection of chess essays, which, when first published, were a novel attempt to combine instruction with unhurried pleasant reading. In looking back, I find the contents of the book still as pertinent as when they were first compiled, and I feel no need to change the substance or style. But the republication offers a good opportunity to improve the technical presentation of some sections, to...

All Is Well

Strength in play, though it may appear a very minor factor in the field of the brilliancy, is often essential if a player is properly to understand chess ingenuity. In music the layman may well enjoy a composition, yet not be able to appreciate its contrapuntal subtleties. Similarly in chess, to the connoisseur a quiet manoeuvre which wins in a dull position is often more stirring than a flamboyant manufactured brilliancy like those in vogue in the early nineteenth century is to the tyro. Such...

The Art Of Telepathy In Chess

When I recently came across some of the positions which follow, I was reminded of a game which was played in the Chess Club Dobrusky in Prague many years ago. The international master, Dr. Karel Treybal, was playing the fine Czech poet, Viktor Dyk, and they arrived at the position shown in Diag. 198 (also a pattern of Damiano's, 1512). The preceding move had been 1 P-R-5, Black being unable to take the Bishop on account of x . . ., P x P dis. ch. 2 K-Kti, Q-B4 ch. etc. Although the position is...

Kb I

It was very unfortunate that the same idea, this time on the Knight's file, was not translated into practice by White in Diag. 203. He played BxP ch and subsequently lost, whereas he had the chance to try A decisive combination, preceded by a very fine clearance sacrifice of the exchange, shows that the late Viktor Tietz, the Nestor of Central European tournament organizers, was an excellent practitioner as well, in Diag. 204. If 2 , RxR 3 Q-Ri ch., P-K4 4 QxP ch., RxQ 5 BxRch., K-Kti 6 Kt-R6...

Mm

Proceeding to the heavier weapons the Queen and the Rook White, in Dia'g. 63, offers a bait which is fortunately swallowed fortunately, because 1 BxKt would have exploded the bubble. (Offhand game, St. Petersburg, 1900) The above stratagem provides a precedent for the following The same theme is incorporated as a threat in the splendidly executed finish to Diag. 65 Four further examples, shown in Diags. 66, 67, 68, Diagram 67 (.Position after Black's Kt-Kt5) Miss Menchik-Miss Graf (Match, 1937)...

Info

A Model Mate, pure and economic, forms the conclusion to Diag. 118. Now for a series of charming mates, all identical in principle Weissgerber-Rellstab Pyrmont, 1933 Weissgerber-Rellstab Pyrmont, 1933 And the same mate in a still more simplified phase of the game, but certainly no less artistic, could have been inflicted, had White seen it, in Diag. 123. As it happened, the actual game was drawn. Dr. Janny-Karhordo Timisoara, 1922 Dr. Janny-Karhordo Timisoara, 1922 Diag. 126 reproduced in the...

List Of Diagrams

Bernstein, U.S.A. Champ., 1944 . . 1 2. Keres-Wilkins, Correspondence, 1933 2 3. Horowitz-Amateur, Los Angeles, 1940 3 6. Koch-Heinicke, Bad Elster, 1939 . . . . . . 5 7. Saigin-Sergeyev, U.S.S.R., 1947 5 8. Fleischer-Anon., Switzerland, 1938 6 9. Lamparter-Green, Australian Champ., 1938 7 10. Played at the Chester Club, 1943 7 11. A. Muller-G rg, Siegen, 1937 7 12. Schultz-Goedel, U.S.A., 1942 8 13. Adams-Torre, New Orleans, 1924 . . . . .8 14. Lowtski-Tartakower, Jurata,...

M mm

Two neat examples are shown in Diags. 26 and 27. Diagram 26 Diagram 27 Two neat examples are shown in Diags. 26 and 27. Diagram 26 Diagram 27 Lipschutz-Schallopp London, 1886 1 Q-B4 Resigns. The play from the position Diagram 28 Lipschutz-Schallopp London, 1886 1 Q-B4 Resigns. The play from the position Diagram 28 U.S.S.R. Championship, prelim., 1940 U.S.S.R. Championship, prelim., 1940 Gunston Bellingham London, 1901 1 Q-Q5 ch. in Diag. 28 is perfect. For this defeat Ufimtsev, who was still a...

When Knights Were Bold

Some people play chess in order to win they study openings and systems. Others play to win beautifully they do not always seem to follow a method, yet under their magic touch marvels unfold, among them the wonders of the Knight's move, which many have practically forgotten, wonders which take us back to the times when we tried the mystery of the Knight's Tour, or when we played I Kt-KR.3, because it was so bizarre, and our equally young opponents cheerfully gave tit-for-tat with 1 . . .,...