*Chess Master 9000*

Hi and welcome to the chess master 9000 page. The page where you can look over the shoulders of masters and see how they play the game of chess.

**Examples of the Play of Masters, with explanatory notes**

** White; Fritz. Black; Mason**

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K3

Black develops without exposing his K,P. The French Defense.

2 P-Q4 P-Q4 3 Kt-QB3 Kt-KB3 4 B-Kt5 B-K2 5 B x Kt B x B 6 Kt-B3 0-0 7 P-K5 B-K2 8 B-Q3 P-QKt3

This is too slow. Better to engage White immediately by 8 …, P-QB4. 9 P-KR4. …

Intending an attack against the Black King.

9 … B-Kt2

Far too slow. At least 9 …, B-R3 should be played.

10 B x Pch. K x B 11 Kt-Kt5ch. K-Kt3

If 11 …, K-Kt1; 12 Q-R5 or if 11 …, K-R3; 12 Q-Q2.

12 Kt-K2 B x Kt 13 P x B P-KB4 14 KtP x P e.p. R-R1 15 Kt-B4ch. K-B2 16 Q-Kt4 R x Rch. 17 K-Q2 P x P 18 Q x Pch. K-Kt2 19 R x R B-B1 20 R-R7ch. K x R 21 Q-B7ch.

And mates next move. The chess master 9000 will fight til the end...

**White: Charousek. Black: Burn.**

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 P-KB4 P x P 3 Kt-KB3 P-KKt4 4 P-KR4 P-Kt5 5 Kt-K5 B-Kt2 6 P-Q4 Kt-KB3 7 Kt x KtP Kt x P 8 B x P Q-K2 9 Q-K2 B x P

Had Black played for development, 9 …, P-Q4 would have been the move.

10 P-B3 B-Kt2 11 Kt-K3 Q-K3 12 P-KKt3 0-0 13 B-R3 P-KB4 14 0-0 P-Q3

15 Kt-Q2 Kt x Kt 16 Q x Kt Kt-B3 17 QR-K1 Q-B2 18 B-Kt2 K-R1 19 Kt-Q5 Kt-K4 20 B-Kt5 P-B3

Black should develop by B-K3 and QR-K1.

21 Kt-B4 P-Q4? 22 P-R5 B-Q2

Now that the Kt on K4 has to be supported by the KB, Black cannot play P-KR3 on account of B x P.

23 P-R6 B-B3 24 B x Bch. Q x B 25 Kt-R5 Q-Q3 26 R x Kt Q x R 27 R-K1 ...

The Queen can no longer guard the point Q5, so Black resigns.

**White: Kevitz. Black: Alekhin.**

White Black

1 Kt-KB3 …

Zukertorts opening.

1 … Kt-KB3 2 P-B4 …

A variation favoured by Reti.

2 … P-QKt3 3 P-KKt3 B-Kt2

Black exerts pressure on K5 so as to impede the advancement of the White KP and to gain a foothold in the center.

4 B-Kt2 P-K4 5 Kt-B3 B-Kt5 6 0-0 B x QKt

To make sure of the point K5.

7 KtP x B P-Q3 8 P-Q4 …

This move allows Black the mastery over K5.

Although 8 P-Q3 would have been a better move.

8 … P-K5 9 Kt-R4 0-0 10 P-B3 P x P 11 B x P Kt-K5 12 Q-Q3 R-K1 13 P-Q5 …

This move fixes the White Pawns, and thus changes them from fighting units into obstructions and targets. The proper policy is 13 Kt-B5-K3-Q5.

13 … Kt-B4 14 Q-Q4 QKt-Q2 15 B-R5 Kt-K4

The Black Kts take up positions which are not attackable by pawns.

16 B-B4 Q-Q2 17 Kt-B3 Kt-Kt3 18 Kt-Q2 Q-R6 19 B x Kt …

A better move was 19 B-B3 for the protection of the K side and to be able to drive the Black Q off. The chess master 9000 will decide the best course of action!

19 … RP x B 20 P-K4 P-KB3 21 QR-K1 P-KKt4

These pawns dominate black points. The B on Kt2 will dominate important white points; therefore Black is strong on all essential points.

22 B-K3 R-K2 23 K-R1 QR-K1 24 B-Kt1 B-B1 25 R-B3 B-Kt5 26 KR-K3 Q-R4 27 K-Kt2 B-R6ch. 28 K-R1 K-B2

Black prepares the final assault by playing his K over to the safe wing.

29 B-B2 P-R4 30 B-Kt1 R-K4 31 B-B2 Q-Kt5 32 B-Kt1 QR-K2 33 B-B2 K-K1 34 B-Kt1 K-Q1 35 B-B2 K-B1 36 B-Kt1 Q-R4 37 B-B2 B-Kt5 38 K-Kt2 Q-R6ch. 39 K-R1 P-R5 40 B-Kt1 P-Kt3

At last the assault begins.

41 B-B2 K-Kt2 42 B-Kt1 K-R3

Still Black prepares.

43 B-B2 P-B4 44 P x P P x P 45 R x R P x R

If now 46 R x P, R x R; 47 Q x R, B-B6 ch.; 48 Kt x B, Q-B8 ch.; 49 Kt-Kt1, Kt-Q6 wins.

46 Q-K3 P-K5 47 P-Q6 …

Trying to confuse the issue.

47 … P x P

Black remains calm.

48 Q-Q4 P-B5 49 Resigns.

**White:Capablanca. Black: Dr Bernstein.**

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3 B-Kt5 Kt-B3 4 0-0 B-K2 5 Kt-B3 P-Q3 6 B x Ktch. …

This is not called for, and eases Blacks task.

6 … P x B 7 P-Q4 P x P

Also 7…, Kt-Q2 was a good move, since in maintains the P on K4 and its hold on Q5.

8 Kt x P B-Q2 9 B-Kt5 0-0 10 R-K1 P-KR3 11 B-R4 Kt-R2 12 B x B Q x B 13 Q-Q3 QR-Kt1 14 P-QKt3 Kt-Kt4 15 QR-Q1 Q-K4

To forestall Whites Q-R6, which would attack two pawns.

16 Q-K3 Kt-K3 17 QKt-K2 Q-QR4

Black could very well have exchanged Kts, to give free scope to the B. The move of the Q is an adventure in which Black hopes to gain a pawn.

18 Kt-B5 Kt-B4 19 Kt(K2)-Q4 …

The White Kt advances in the center, taking care to occupy points not easily attackable by the enemy.

19 … K-R2 20 P-KKt4 …

Further to strengthen the position of the Kt on B5, which has a strong effect on many points in the enemy’s camp.

20 … R(Kt1)-K1 21 P-KB3 Kt-K3 22 Kt-K2 Q x P

Black’s judgment here is at fault. He should defend by Q-Kt3.

23 Kt(K2)-Kt3 Q x BP 24 R-QB1 Q-Kt7 25 Kt-R5 …

The Black Kt has to guard the KtP, and is therefore pinned to his post, and is a suitable target.

25 … R-KR1 26 R-K2 Q-K4

The Q wants to guard the weak points KKt2 and KB3.

27 P-B4 Q-Kt4 28 Kt (B5) x KtP …

If 28 …, Kt x Kt; 29 Kt-B6 ch., with deadly effect.

28 … Kt-B4

The best move in the unfavorable conditions was R-Q1. White would then continue P-B5 and keep his advantage, but the move is equivalent to giving up without a fight. Something that the chess master 9000, shouldn't do!

29 Kt x R B x Kt 30 Q-QB3 P-B3 31 Kt x Pch. K-Kt3 32 Kt-R5 R-Kt1 33 P-B5ch. K-Kt4 34 Q-K3ch. K-R5 35 Q-Kt3ch. Resigns.

**White:Bogoljubow. Black: Grunfeldt.**

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3 Kt-B3 Kt-B3

The Four Knights opening.

4 B-Kt5 B-Kt5 5 0-0 0-0 6 P-Q3 B x Kt 7 P x B P-Q3 8 P-KR3 …

To avoid the pin B-Kt5, White desires to keep his Kt.

8 … P-KR3 9 R-Kt P-R3 10 B-R4 B-Q2 11 B-Kt3 Kt-QR4

Black is too anxious for exchanges. Kt-K2 would normally suggest itself.

12 Kt-R2 Kt x B 13 RP x Kt Kt-R2 14 P-KB4 P x P 15 B x P P-KB4

A mistake, P-KB3 was indicated so as to impede the advance of the KP.

16 P-K5 P x P 17 R x P Kt-B3 18 Q-K2 R-K1 19 Kt-B3 Kt-Q4 20 B-Q2 Q-B3 21 R-R1

White holds on to the K file.

21 … P-B3 22 P-B4 Kt-B2 23 B-B3 Kt-K3

Black defends well, but to no purpose, because White has become too strong.

24 Q-B2 R-KB1 25 Q-Kt6 QR-Kt1 26 R x Kt Q x B 27 R-K7 B-K1 28 Q-B7 B-R4 29 R(K1)-K5 Resigns

**White:Nimzowitsch. Black: Roselli.**

White Black

1 Kt-KB3 P-Q4 2 P-QKt3 P-QB4 3 P-K3 Kt-QB3 4 B-Kt2 B-Kt5 5 P-KR3 B x Kt 6 Q x B P-K4

Black having given away his QB should guard the White points in his camp by pawns, consequently P-K3 was the right move. To counteract the White B on QKt2 Black could have utilized his B by playing it, say, to K4.

7 B-Kt5 Q-Q3

This ties down the Q. Although a better move would have been 7…, P-B3.

8 P-K4 P-Q5

The move Kt-K2 would have been preferable had P-B3 been played. Now White has the superiority on all the white squares.

9 Kt-R3 P-B3 10 Kt-B4 Q-Q2 11 Q-R5ch. P-Kt3 12 Q-B3 …

White desires to weaken the Black KBP.

12 … Q-QB2 13 Q-Kt4 …

Threatening Q-K6 ch. If 13 …, Q-B1 then 14 Kt-R5 with an obvious advantage. 13 … K-B2 14 P-B4

The position of the Black K is now the target. To begin with, obstructions are moved out of the way.

14 … P-KR4 15 Q-B3 P x P 16 B x Kt P x B

If Q x B then 17 Q x BP, R-K1 18 0-0 and White should win, as pointed out by Nimzowitsch.

17 0-0 P-Kt4 18 P-B3 R-Q1 19 QR-K1 K1-K2 20 P-K5

This loosens the chain of Black pawns.

20 … Kt-B4 21 P x QP Kt x P

Or if 21 …, P x QP; 22 P x P, K x P; 23 Q-K4 with the advantage, as shown by Nimzowitsch.

22 Q-K4 B-K2 23 P-KR4 Q-Q2 24 P x BP B x P 25 P x P Resigns.

For if 25 …, B-Kt2; 26 Kt-K5 ch, B x Kt; 27 Q x B and the Black K is in a position which cannot be defended.

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