Monday, 3 August 2009

The uncastled king

To celebrate the fact that I picked up the 3 volumes of GM Efstratios Grivas's "Chess College" series for $10 each I present the first game from the book. It is in the chapter "Attacking the Uncastled King" and is introduced with the following statement.
"Generally, every attack causes a more or less serious disturbance of the equilibrium, which is very rarely restored because the attacker often chooses to burn his bridges behind him"

Grivas,Efstratios (2460) - Kjeldsen,Jens (2410) [A57]
Cannes op Cannes (7), 1995

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 c5 3.d5 b5 4.Bg5 g6 5.d6 bxc4 6.Nc3 Nc6 7.Qd2 Bg7 8.e4 h6 9.Bf4 g5 10.Be3 exd6 11.Qxd6 Ng4 12.Bxc4 Nxe3 13.fxe3 Qa5 14.Nge2 Ne5 15.Bd5 Nd3+ 16.Kd2 Nxb2 17.Rhf1 Rf8 18.Rab1 Na4 19.e5 Nb6 (D)
20.Rxb6 axb6 21.Ng3 f5 22.exf6 Rxf6 23.Rxf6 Qb4 24.Nf5 Qb2+ 25.Kd1 1-0

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Problem being that if you're the level of player that needs that type of truism spelled out, that's a very poor way of writing it. I find a lot of Grivas writing to be singularly unsuitable for his intended audience. Sadly, a quality that is present in so many chess books over the years.