Ten Years Later

Sacrifices are a brilliant indication that the game has been conducted incorrectly. In the following encounter events developed in similar fashion. The only difference was that I did not later have to seek in analysis the correct way to develop White's initiative. I saw it at the board, but played differently, which I regretted within just a few moves. This mistake had to be corrected as a result the game lost its completeness, but on the other hand it gained as a spectacle. Match...

Q Find and calculate the strongest continuation for White

14 d5 suggests itself, but Ljubomir Ljubojevic had prepared the strong reply 14 Wc5 After 15 dxe6 (15 ia4 Wa5 16 dxe6 .xe1 17 exd7 ixd7, and White's pieces are 'hanging') 15 1 xc4 16 exd7 xd7 Black's position is preferable. In the event of the other standard move 14 e5, 14 > xe5 15 dxe5 Wc5 looks dubious, but the simple 14 jb< c3 15 2xc3 W66 is possible, not fearing 16 xf7 Sxf7 17 i.xe6 (17 fixe6 Wf8) 17 flcf8 with an unclear game. Walter Browne found a splendid solution. 14 JLxd5 15 xd5 is...

Yusupov Magerramov

Qualifying Tournament for the World Junior Championship, White's passed pawns in the centre are securely blockaded, whereas Black's queen-side pawns may be free to advance. Objectively, White should probably have taken the opportunity to force a draw by 30 te3l 2xe3 (30 > b4 is dubious, if only because of 31 h5) 31 > f7+ g8 32 < Sh6+. But Yusupov was aiming for a win, and he decided to try his luck with an attack on the kingside. The piece sacrifice 30 xf6 gxf6 31 Wg4 suggests itself....

Learn from Your Mistakes

Why with the time do I not glance aside To new-found methods and to compounds strange When this position was reached on the board, I thought for a long time. Black obviously stands well, but there do not appear to be any simple ways of seizing the initiative. Q 4-46. How should White play in reply to 21 & f4 Initially the pawn sacrifice appeared tempting to me in view of the variation 22 cf4 exf4 23 & xf4 Hxf4 24 Sxf4 5+ 25 2g4 ixg4 26 Wxg4 We3+ and 27 e5. But rejected it because of the...

Combination Which is Impossible to Find

It is always easier to discover treasure in a place where someone has already found a handful of coins. In 1988 Sergey Dolmatov and I decided to carry out a training cycle on the playing of very complicated, almost irrational positions, for improving his technique in calculating variations and his ability to guess intuitively the most promising continuations. I had to select a series of deeply analysed games or extracts with great combinative complications. This was not easy, taking account of...

The Method of Elimination

It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. In the third section of Volume 1, in the chapter devoted to the playing of studies, I have already emphasised the exceptional importance of the method of elimination for saving time and effort when taking decisions. Very often we find it rather difficult to calculate the consequences of the strongest move it is simpler to convince ourselves that all the remaining moves...

Candidate Moves

Candidate moves should be determined immediately and listed accurately. This work cannot be done piecemeal, considering one move, and then looking for another. It is not enough to find a combination its consequences must also be accurately calculated. For the purpose of training in the calculation of variations, you should try to solve exercises, the main difficulty of which lies not in the search for prettyf camouflaged ideas, but in the need to examine a large number of different branches,...

Djin Attacks

Petty and watchful prudence is the deadly enemy of great deeds Before the end of the penultimate, sixteenth round, there were just a few minutes remaining. I had already finished my game, and with enormous interest I followed the battle being conducted by one of the tournament leaders, Roman Djindjihashvili. well with his outward appearance, as in the character from the Arabian A Thousand and One Nights.) The queen cannot be taken because of mate in two moves 33 rt7+ and 34 < Sh6 mate, and 33...

G

What do you think, which is the strongest move here Nunn made the tempting move 21 < 418, preventing 22 gxh3+ and creating the threat of 22 i.xg2+ 23 2xg2 xf3. Dolmatov played exactly the same. He also seriously considered 21 4h8 with the idea after 22 > xd4 of replying 22 2g8 23 Wc2 (23 gxh3 cxd4) 23 & xg2+ 24 2xg2 Wfi+t but rightly rejected this thought on account of 22 g5 Wxg1+ 23 Wxg1 Lxg1 24 *xg1. In Nunn's opinion the quiet 21 g4 does not promise Black any advantage. That...

Combinative Vision

A consistently conducted game, concluding with a pretty combination What we understand by combinative vision is the ability to quickly discover latent tactical ideas - far from obvious strong moves, usually involving sacrifices. For the development of chess imagination - combinative vision - you should solve exercises (studiesT and examples from practical games), the main difficulty in which is to find the correct tactical idea. I must stress the word find, rather than calculate or evaluate....

The Spectators were Delighted

What we create in the future is in the power of the Lord, But what we have created is with us today. So, at the last moment the score in the candidates quarter-final match became equal. According to the regulations, the players now had to contest two additional games with a shortened time control 45 minutes for 60 moves, and then 15 minutes for each succeeding 20 moves. In our day 'rapid chess* is very popular. Yusupov is not averse to playing it occasionally - for relaxation or for training...

The Checking of Exercises

If a player is shown a move that looks heroic, but in reality turns out to be a bluff, and if, after yielding to the first impression, he will seriously believe this move, but after the bluff is revealed he will feel deeply insulted, it will take a long time for this feeling to be erased. For many years now I have been compiling a card index of exercises, aimed at developing thinking skills and a mastery of the techniques needed by the practical chess player. The examples included in the card...