Friday, June 24, 2011

Nothing is more important that King Safety

A chessgame showing the dangers of grabbing material at the expense of King Safety and Development. A very interesting game from Attacking  Manual 2

Reminds me of the Traxler with the Knight out of play on the other side of the board.

The board view  is WTM # 13 and here the game is lost for black .

 This reminds me of something which I have been fighting during the past 10 years. I'm sure if my play reflected it I would improve 200 points.........

Dan Heisman tells you the two most important things you can learn in chess...........

What I am about to tell you may sound simple, but it is likely the most important piece of advice you will ever read in this column:

There are only two main principles in chess: safety and activity. Safety is much more important than anything else, and activity is much more important than anything but safety.

From Page 3 of his first novice nook.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Talking Traxler: Opening Theory :

Here is a variation which I could of reached in a Traxler game that I played last night and discussed with a friend. I figured it would be helpful to explore this further and write a post to document my thinking.

To reach this position, White had just played qf3 for defense purposes and threatening a black knight which was on e5. We discussed playing ng4 which we both  felt was good. However Fritz pointed to the move played here by Black Nf6 which removes the target.                                                                     

Here with WTM, his King and Queen are  awkwardly placed. If  he is greedy and takes the Rook out comes Nd4 an attack which gains a tempo. In the position above he can't move Ke2 due to the the Nd4+  royal fork.                                                      

The continuation of a game on with this line went 

Although after the line  1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 Bc5 5. Nxf7 Bxf2+
6. Kxf2 Nxe4+ 7. Ke3 Black played Qh4. A more popular line is 7....Qe7.

Here is a representative game from that line

and similar games to that