Wednesday 26 October 2022

Examples of Master Play

 In the pre-computer days, the most common way to improve at chess was to study games played by stronger players. So entrenched was this method that most "How to Play Chess" books included a collection of master games, usually with very light annotations. 

One example was from the Meises update to RF Green's "Chess". It included 33 games, including the following early example, from 1834. Given the lack of notes (or analysis) for the game, I suspect the expectation was that the reader would play through the game, and basically improve by self realisation. While this may sound unrealistic today, it was a method that seemed to work.

De Labourdonnais,Louis Charles Mahe - McDonnell,Alexander [D20]
Match Labourdonnais-McDonnell(3) +6-5=1 London (5), 1834

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