16 January 2013

Lesson of the Week

A Tarrasch Miniature

The tactical finish of this brief game features an attacking scheme for which the opportunity appears shockingly often, especially in youth chess. Strategic errors set up the tactical opportunities.

Von Scheve,Theodor - Tarrasch,Siegbert [C32]
Breslau, 1879

1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.c4?!

4.Nc3 is the correct move


Tarrasch refutes Von Scheve's dubious move


A later game continued 5.Qc2 Bf5? (5...Nf6!=/+) 6.Ne2± cxd5 7.cxd5 Qxd5 8.Nbc3 Qc5 9.b4 Qc8 10.Ng3 Bxb4 11.Qa4+ Nc6 12.Nd5 Bd6 13.Bb2 f6 14.Rc1 e3 15.dxe3 Qd7 16.Nb6 Bb4+ 17.Bc3 1–0 Bird,H -- Rynd,J, Nottingham 1886

5...Nf6 6.d3 Bb4 7.Qb3?!

7.Bd2 is better

7...Bxc3+ 8.bxc3 0–0 9.dxe4

9.d4 is better

9...Nxe4=/+ 10.Bd3??

10.Nf3 was White's only chance

Black to move

10...Qh4+ 11.g3 Nxg3 12.Nf3 Qh5

12...Re8+ is more accurate 13.Kd1 Qh5

13.Rg1 Qxf3 14.Rxg3

14.Ba3 does not save the game Re8+ 15.Kd2 Bf5 16.Rxg3 Qf2+–+

14...Re8+ 15.Kd2

15.Be3 is met by Rxe3+ 16.Kd2 Rxd3+ 17.Kc1 Qf1+ 18.Kb2 Rd2+

15...Qf2+ 0–1

Beginning Tactics 12

We continue with a selection of "easy" problems at the start of each chess club. White moves first in each position. There are some important endgame positions in this set.

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