S Tartakover M Frentz Paris English Opening

If once a man delays Castling and his King remains in the center, files will open up against him, Bishops sweep the board, Rooks will dominate the seventh rank, and Pawns turn into Queens. Irving Chernev. The moment I wrote this I recalled another piece of advice, moral in nature If once a man indulges himself in murder, very soon he comes to think little of robbing and from robbing he comes next to drinking and Sabbath-breaking, and from that to incivility andprocrastination. Thomas De...

L Barden N Rossolimo Hastings Sicilian Defense

Some of our modern concepts in chess strategy might have shocked the old-timers. Take this game for instance, where Rossolimo exchanges pieces to rid the board of an enemy Bishop standing quietly at its home square It turns out though that Barden is left with the bad Bishop (one hemmed in by Pawns) against a powerful Knight of Rossolimo's. In the hands of a fine player, this is practically the equivalent of being a piece ahead, so Rossolimo quickly works up an attack. In the ensuing...

J R Capablanca S Tartakover New York Dutch Defense

Capablanca's play in the game that follows provides us with a magic formula for conducting Rook and Pawn endings seize the seventh rank with your Rook, and advance your King to the sixth Capablanca gives up a couple of valuable Pawns to get his King and Rook onto the key squares. Once there, they keep the adverse King busy warding off threats of mate, and leave him no time to defend his Pawns. Four of these pawns fall victims in half-a-dozen moves, after which resistance is of course hopeless....

S Tarrasch J Showalter Vienna Hungarian Defense

This is a game in which there are no combinations. Yet, after a modest beginning, White cramps his opponent's game more and more until it is completely crippled and all this without any noticeable blunder on Black's part. That is the highest triumph of chess strategy. Tarrasch said this, believed it and lived by it. In this positional masterpiece, Tarrasch does not let Showalter develop his pieces properly, stifles attempts at counterattack, cramps his opponent's game move by move, and finally...

Kupferstich J Andreassen Denmark Vienna Game

Wonderful things go on in this game There is a series of see-saw checks that is remarkable, an imprisonment of King and Rook that is unique, and a threat of mate requiring at least ten moves to execute, yet so clear-cut a child could carry it out. Question Does this game, played so brilliantly come under the heading of Entertainment or Instruction This is preferable to 4 KtxKt, P Q4, when Black gets his piece back and retains the initiative. Threatens mate, beginning with 7 Kt x Ktch. Alekhine...

S Tarrasch E Thorold Manchester French Defense

Tarrasch plays the following game as though he were giving a good friend a lesson in the art of winning an ending. In a Rook and Pawn ending, Tarrasch used to say, the Rook must be used aggressively. It must either attack enemy Pawns, or give active support to the advance of one its own Pawns to the Queening square. Here, with the help of an active Rook that keeps the opponent under unremitting pressure, Tarrasch's King and passed Pawn march methodically up the chessboard. As they move forward...

R Domenech S Flohr Rosas Sicilian Defense

For a description of Flohr's skill in this game, I commend you to Roget's Thesaurus, where you will find such adjectives as exquisite, elegant, artistic, and enchanting. Throughout the play there are delightful finesses and touches of originality. Who but Salo Flohr would interrupt a series of exchanges, force an irreparable weakness, and then proceed to complete the exchanges To my mind, this quiet little positional game, played with crystalline clarity, outshines all the blazing combinations...

Boleslavsky G Lissitzin Moscow Sicilian Defense

Boleslavsky knows that a good grip on the center almost always guarantees the success of a King-side attack. He therefore plans to anchor a Knight at Q5 so firmly that it can never be driven away. To accomplish this he must do away with two enemy pieces that bear down on that square, a Bishop and a Knight. He lures the Bishop off by a gift of a Pawn, and disposes of the Knight by pinning it and forcing its exchange. Once Boleslavsky's Knight reaches the magic square Q5, combinations appear out...

M Tal G Lissitzin

Lissitzin Pic

To those of us who worry about the safety of the King, Tal's play in this game is a joy and a revelation. Tal realizes that the power of the King increases as the game progresses and as the pieces come flying off the board. By the time the ending has been reached, the King is truly a Watch Tal's King stroll nonchalantly into the heart of the enemy camp, gather up a couple of Pawns, and then prepare to escort one of his own Pawns to the Queening square. It is a treat to watch, an absorbing...