Giant Chess Piece Plays, (part 2)

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White:Tschigorin. Black:Teichmarn.

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3 B-B4 B-B4 4 0-0 Kt-B3 5 P-Q4 P x P 6 P-K5 P-Q4

Black replies by counter attack which develops inactive force at the same time.

7 P x Kt P x B 8 R-K1ch. B-K3 9 Kt-Kt5 Q-Q4

White threatened Kt x B followed by Q-R5 ch, which wins the B.

10 Kt-QB3 Q-B4

The QKt must not be taken because the QB is pinned, therefore the Q is unprotected.

11 QKt-K4 B-Kt3

Black hopes to be able to withstand Whites attack. The question whether he can do so or not is still undecided.

12 P x P R-KKt1 13 P-KKt4 Q-Kt3 14 Kt x B P x Kt 15 B-Kt5 …

This prevents Castling, and commands important weak points in the Black camp. It also obstructs the KKt file.

15 … R x P

If 15 …, P-KR3; 16 Q-B3, P x B?; 17 Kt-B6 ch, K-B2; 18 R x P! K x R?; 19 R-K1 ch and White wins.

16 Q-B3 P-K4

His position is too insecure, he should sacrifice something in order to eliminate a White piece 16 …, R-B2; 17 Kt-B6 ch, R x Kt; 18 B x R, K-Q2. The strong, (giant chess piece) Black pawns are a sufficient compensation for the loss of the exchange. 17 Kt-B6ch. K-B2 18 P-KR4 P-KR3 19 Kt-K4ch. K-K3 20 P-R5 …

To drive the Q from the KKt file and thus to secure the KKtP.

20 … Q-B2 21 B-B6 …

Whites Q is powerful; so he refuses to exchange it.

21 … R(Kt2)-Kt1 22 Q-B5ch. K-Q4 23 P-Kt3 R x Pch.

The Black K is in terrible straights. Black cannot fight his attacker off, and therefore decides on a desperate counter attack in order to draw the White forces away from the pursuit of his K.

24 Q x R R-KKt1 25 P x Pch. K x P 26 B-Kt5 Resigns.

White threatens Q-Kt3. Black has no adequate defense against this, nor can he obtain sufficient counter attack.


White:Tschigorin. Black: Marco.

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 P-KB4 B-B4

Black prefers development instead of the gain of the offered pawn.

3 Kt-KB3 P-Q3 4 B-B4 Kt-KB3 5 P-Q3 QKt-Q2

It is a novel way of developing the QKt to place it in front of B and Q. The natural method is Kt-B3 or else B-K3, followed by QKt-Q2, or B3.

6 Kt-B3 P-B3 7 Q-K2 P-Qkt4

Black, in playing on the wing, neglects the center, but the center is more important than either wing.

8 B-Kt3 P-QR4 9 P-QR4 P-Kt5 10 Kt-Q1 B-R3 11 P x P …

White opens lines in the centre by exchanging pawns which obstruct.

11 … P x P 12 Kt-K3 B x Kt 13 Q x B …

If 13 B x B? Kt x P

13 … Kt-Kt5 14 Q-K2 0-0 15 B-Kt5 KKt-B3 16 0-0 P-R3 17 B-R4 Q-B2 18 Kt-Q2 Q-Q3 19 K-R1 …

guarding against Q-Q5 ch, which would win the QKtP.

19 … P-Kt4

Black persistently maneuvers on the wings. It was high time for him to strengthen, (giant chess piece) his KBP by 19 …, R-R2, to follow this up by Kt-R2 and Kt-B4, so as to strengthen his weak points. The haphazard attacks on temporary White weaknesses serve no purpose.

20 B-Kt3 K-Kt221 R-B5 Kt-KKt122 Kt-B1 QR-K123 Kt-K3 Q-Kt324 QR-KB1 P-B325 P-R4 Kt-B426 P-R5 Q-R227 B-QB4 B-B128 Q-B2 Kt-K3

Black wants to place the Kt on the strongly fortified KB5, so as to block the White QB, but White, in now undertaking a violent unsought, does not allow him the opportunity.

29 R x KP P x R30 B x Pch. Kt-B331 Kt-Kt4 Kt-B532 Q-R7ch. K-R133 B x Ktch. Resigns.


White: Schiffers. Black: Harmonist.

White Black

1 P-K4 P-K4 2 Kt-KB3 Kt-QB3 3 B-B4 B-B4 4 P-B3 Kt-B3 5 P-Q4 P x P 6 P x P B-Kt5ch. 7 B-Q2 B x Bch. 8 QKt x B P-Q4 9 P x P KKt x P 10 Q-Kt3 QKt-K2

If 10 …, Kt-R4; 11 Q-R4 ch, P-B3; 12 B x Kt, Q x B; 13 0-0, 0-0; 14 KR-K1 or QR-B1 and White has the advantage.

11 0-0 0-0 12 KR-K1 P-QB3 13 P-QR4 …

This makes the position of the B secure.

13 … Q-B2 14 QR-B1 …

This threatens 15 B x Kt, Kt x B, 16 Q x Kt.

14 … Kt-B5 15 Kt-Kt5 Kt(K2)-Kt3 16 R-K8 …

This move pins the Rook which guards the KBP, the sole defense of the King.

16 … R x R

Black must run this risk. Anything else would lose an important pawn.

17 B x Pch. K-R1

Not K-B1; 18 Kt x P ch., K-K2; 19 R-K1 ch

18 B x R Kt-K7ch. 19 K-R1 Kt x R 20 Kt-B7ch. K-Kt1 21 Kt-R6 db! ch. K-B1 22 Q-Kt8ch. K-K2 23 B x Kt P x B 24 Q x Pch. K-Q1 25 Q-B8ch. K-Q2

The Black K now obstructs his B, and therefore also blocks the R. This is the right moment for developing inactive force, because Black now cannot do so.

26 Kt-K4 Q-Q1 27 Q-Q6ch. K-K1 28 Kt-B6ch. Resigns.

These games, with their notes, indicate to the reader the manner in which criticism becomes a useful tool to understand and direct their and others game play. His criticism naturally has to be objective, in praise and pointing out ill conceived moves.

The main task of criticism is to discover mistakes, in particular the mistake responsible for the loss of the game.

Notes to games should never be taken for granted, because the function of notes is to clear up disputed points.

The habit of trying to comprehend notes makes a self-reliant chess player, a valuable asset in life.

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