Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Logical chess, hack by hack

As a coaching book, "Logical Chess: Move by Move" is quite a fun text. Certainly the section on Kingside Attacks is a step above the "wait till your opponent blunders and mate on f7" examples that you see when starting out, while not being too inaccessible to the improving player.  On the other hand, most of the attacks do follow a similar formula. Aim a few pieces at the kingside, eliminate a key defender (usually the knight on f6), and then smash through on h7.
Of course the drawback in following this script, is often your opponent does not co-operate. But when they do, the game can be over almost as soon as it starts. Here is a very recent example where Black ignores his kingside, looking for play on the queenside. However in doing so he lets White firstly aim his pieces at the king, and after 12.... Nc4, lets him pull the trigger. (Note 12.h4 served a dual purpose, as 12.Bxh7+ does not quite work after 12. ... Kxh7 13.Ng5+ Kg8 14.Qh5 Qxc2= while later on Black resigned when faced with  19. ... Kxh6 20.h5! forcing mate)

Litchfield,Fred - Patterson,Miles [C18]
ANU Spring Swiss, 07.10.2015

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