08 March 2013

Lesson of the Week

Tactics, Tactics, Tactics

The sources for this year's lessons--the games of Rubinstein, Morphy, Tarrasch--are grounded in positional considerations. However, my students must learn to recognize simple double attacks: forks, pins, skewers. Seeing a checkmate in one does not come easily to many of them.

The position on the demo board comes from Tarrasch's game against Simon Winawer.

Siegbert Tarrasch - Simon Winawer [C51]
Berlin, 1881

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bb6 5.0–0 d6 6.a4 a5 7.b5 Nce7 8.d4 exd4 9.Nxd4 Nf6 10.Nc3 0–0 11.Bg5 Ng6 12.Nd5 Ne5 13.Bxf6 gxf6 14.Nxb6 cxb6 15.Bd5 Kh8 16.Ra3 Rg8 17.f4 Ng6 18.Nf5 Qc7 19.Rh3 Rg7 20.Nxg7 Bxh3 21.Nh5 Be6 22.Nxf6 Qc3 23.f5 Bxd5 24.fxg6 Qe3+ 25.Kh1 Bxe4 26.Qa1 Bxg2+ 27.Kxg2 Qg5+ 28.Kh1 fxg6

White to move

29.Ne8+ Qe5

29...Qf6 30.Qxf6+ Kg8 31.Qg7#

30.Rf8# 1–0

Before discussing this position, students completed a worksheet.

Beginning Tactics 16

Find the correct move for White in each position.

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