Thursday, March 31, 2011

Instructive how to play a game toward a endgame

This Onischuk game is a template game as to how a game is played toward a winning endgame. Worthy of future study!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

What are the ideas for Black in this position ?

Game found here .

Study after work. The squares covered by the pawn and bishop see the X's tell why this tactic works.

Lesson here: Clearly see and acknowledge what escape squares are covered. Good players think in terms of squares.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Notes on Specific SYT Problems for further study

I've created this post as a spot to record tactic numbers of 1-2 stars that I feel bear future review.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Endgame Fundamentals: White to Play and Draw

This month's carnival is being run by LEP who has one of the more fun chess blogs to follow. Here is a short but hopefully instructive post.

Here is an example from the old school book " How to Win in the Chess Endings" by I.A.Horowitz. If you were to point me to this position and told me White to move draws I wouldn't believe you. As the arrows implies, once White takes the rook (forced), black pawn is on his fourth square looking like he can Queen easily.

I'll leave it to you to work out the draw from here

Gelfand Bishops in Control

game found here . Interesting Mating net for further study .

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

51 to go

On problem 1074 of first circle. 51 to go.

These 3-4 star problems are just as much about planning as they are about tactics.

Spent some time playing on the internet this week instead of solving problems. I feel I'm playing at a reasonable level.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

A very cool interference position & Celebration

White to Move has no solution to effectively combat both Qxe4+ or Rxf1 + . I'm calculating out Qx e3 Rxf1+, Kg2 Qxe4,Qxe4 Rg1 / Qxe3 Qxe4(is this forced ?), rxf1 kg1
lines to see if they are losing to mate or just losing the queen initially.

An interesting position.

from Onos vs Yuchtman

Yes and Celebration! I hit tactic 1000 in my first circle of Sharpen Your Tactics (125 to go)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Observe First than Calculate!

This problem is not hard if one were first to determine that this is a Limited Mobility weakness vs an immediate checkmate problem. I missed this completely. The lesson is to observe before calculating!