Friday, February 11, 2005

 

A Taste of Tactics

In case somebody out there is thinking about doing DLM's 7 circles using books, I offer up my first group of 40 exercises as a starter. They are from the following books:

  1. Seirawan's Winning Chess Tactics - great writer and player
  2. Burgess' The Mammoth Book of Chess - more towards intermediate and advancing players, a helpful reference
  3. Laszlo Polgar's 5334 Problems, Combinations, and Games - fun, large, and bricklike, containing many, many mate problems
  4. Problems at the end ("Ben's") of my list are from positions I have gathered. Warning! One of the positions is illegal - I use Winboard to open it; it's from Chessmaster 8000's "Move to Safety" drills which has no Kings. Position 4 and 5 are mistakes I would rather not repeat. Ahem.

It's a fairly easy group, but still a challenge to do all in 20 minutes. The Polgar 5334 list covers every major theme for mate in 2, using the most essential examples I could find. Good Luck!


---Ben's Essential Tactics Index.txt
Checkmate In 1: Polgar # 23,37,43,64,93,98
Checkmate In 2: Polgar # 457,501,502,504,532,564,624,796,
Zugzwang: Polgar # 5334
Double Attack/Multiple Attack: Mammoth p. 41
Overloaded Defender: Mammoth p. 45
Zwischenzug: Mammoth p. 47
Triple Fork: Seirawan p. 21 Diagram 14
Pin: Seirawan p. 38 Diagram #33
Overworked Piece: Seirawan p. 73 Diagram 66
Doubled Rooks: Seirawan p. 81 Diagram 75 (71-75)
Queen + Bishop Battery: Seirawan p. 87 Diagram 83
Pawn Breakthrough: Seirawan p. 91 Diagram 87
Pawn Blockade: Seirawan p. 91 Diagram 86( Need Easier Example)
Sacrifice for Pawn Promotion: Seirawan p. 93 Test 70
Underpromotion: Seirawan p.96 Test 75
Skewer: Seirawan p. 100 Diagram 95
X-ray/Back Rank Threat: Seirawan p. 112 Diagram 106
Stalemate Prevention: Seirawan p. 199 Test 98
Sacrifice/Petite Combinations: Seirawan p. 199 Test 96,101,102,106
Avert Checkmate: Ben's #1
Attacking the Defender: Ben's #5
Move to Safety: Ben's #6
Checks, Captures, Threats, Hanging Pieces List, Space Total, Center 4x4 Totals: Ben's #8
Forking a Square: Ben's #9

--- Ben's Tactic Training Positions.pgn---

[Event "Avoid checkmate"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "?"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "?"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "8/5k2/4r1b1/8/3q3r/2n5/1K3b2/8 w - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]

{Avoid mate
--------------
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . k . .
. . . . r . b .
. . . . . . . .
. . . q . . . r
. . n . . . . .
. K . . . b . .
. . . . . . . .
white to play
--------------}
*

[Event "White gains a tempo"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.11"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 d5 3. cxd5 Nxd5 4. e4
*

[Event "White gains a tempo by snatching a pawn and pawn fork"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.11"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nxe4 4. Nxe4 d5 5. Bd3 dxe4 6. Bxe4
*

[Event "Smothered mate"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.12"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "N3r3/pp1k1p1p/2np2p1/q7/P7/1b1PQ3/1R2KPPP/5B1R b - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]

{Black to move-Mate in 1
--------------
N . . . r . . .
p p . k . p . p
. . n p . . p .
q . . . . . . .
P . . . . . . .
. b . P Q . . .
. R . . K P P P
. . . . . B . R
black to play
--------------}
*

[Event "Attacking the defender hangs a piece!"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.13"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d3 Bg4 4. Bg5 Bxf3
*

[Event "Move to Safety"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.14"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "7q/3r4/5p2/3b4/1n1b1q2/3p1p1n/4R3/8 w - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]

{--------------
. . . . . . . q
. . . r . . . .
. . . . . p . .
. . . b . . . .
. n . b . q . .
. . . p . p . n
. . . . R . . .
. . . . . . . .
white to play
--------------}
*

[Event "a3 pawn pin example"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.15"]
[Round "?"]
[White "bms"]
[Black "bms"]
[Result "*"]

1. d4 c6 2. c4 d5 3. Nf3 e6 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nc3 Bb4 6. a3 Qa5 7. Bd2 Bxc3 8.
Bxc3 Qd8
*

[Event "Checks, Captures, Threats, Hanging Pieces List, Space Total, Center 4x4 Totals"]
[Site "Cuernavaca MEX"]
[Date "2004.12.13"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Nakamura,H"]
[Black "Karjakin,Sergey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2620"]
[BlackElo "2576"]
[EventDate "2004.12.09"]
[ECO "B23"]
[FEN "r1bqkb1r/pp1npp1p/2np2p1/1B2P3/3Q1P2/2N5/PPP3PP/R1B1K1NR w KQkq - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]

{--------------
r . b q k b . r
p p . n p p . p
. . n p . . p .
. B . . P . . .
. . . Q . P . .
. . N . . . . .
P P P . . . P P
R . B . K . N R
white to play
--------------}
*


[Event "Forking a square and a pawn"]
[Site "BMS1"]
[Date "2004.12.17"]
[Round "-"]
[White "-"]
[Black "-"]
[Result "*"]
[FEN "6nk/6pp/8/4N3/2p5/8/6PP/7K b - - 0 1"]
[SetUp "1"]

{--------------
. . . . . . n k
. . . . . . p p
. . . . . . . .
. . . . N . . .
. . p . . . . .
. . . . . . . .
. . . . . . P P
. . . . . . . K
black to play
--------------}
*





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