Friday, July 28, 2006


Winning Combination

Black to Move

I got in some more solid blitz games of (5/12) and in a rare occurrence I sacrificed my Queen to win! Finding Queen to a2 to reach the above positioned was extremely difficult. I think following this position all the way through is a treat. The continuation is 36...Qxb1!+ 37.Qxb1 Ra1 38.Qxa1 bxa1=Q+ 39.Bxa1 Rb1+, forking the King and Bishop.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.d3 Bxc3+ 5.bxc3 d6 6.Bg5 O-O 7.Be2 c5 8.O-O Nc6 9.Nd2
b5 10.Re1 a5 11.Nf1 b4 12.c4 Nd4 13.Ne3 h6 14.Bh4 g5 15.Bg3 h5 16.Bxh5 Kg7 17.Nd5
Nxh5 18.Qxh5 Nxc2 19.Ne3 Rh8 20.Qd1 Nxa1 21.Qxa1 Be6 22.f4 f6 23.f5 Bf7 24.Rf1 a4
25.Nd5 Bxd5 26.cxd5 b3 27.axb3 axb3 28.Qc3 Rb8 29.Rb1 Qb6 30.Bf2 Qb4 31.Qc1 b2 32.Qc2
Qb3 33.Qe2 Qa2 34.Qc2 Rb7 35.Be1 Ra8 36.Bc3 Qxb1+ 37.Qxb1 Ra1 38.Qxa1 bxa1=Q+ 39.Bxa1
Rb1+ {White resigns} 0-1


I just went through the Seirawan v. Ivanchuk game in the McDonald book The Art of Logical Thinking and I think it is one of the best in the book. It is a KID gone really bad for Black, over in 22 moves!


I just lost a 45/45 game to a 1700 + 10 year old. I played well, and it was extremely even through most of it, but I lost to a miscalculation in the late middlegame (24). I really didn't think about prophylactic moves, just tactics, and it cost me. Hopefully lessened learned!

I'm thinking of buying "The Art of Logical Thinking" myself. Would you recommend it like Chernev's "Move by Move" book?
Let me rephrase the question; On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate it?
Ah, I would give "The Art of Logical Thinking" a 7 - I feel that the author need to be a bit more critical of several moves, but overall he connects up "ideas" well.

I have to give Chernev's "Move by Move" a 10, it's a classic and more like games I see played at the intermediate level.
Mcdonald just did another game book that I saw at Barnes and Nobles :The art of planning .It looked good.
Nice combo KOS. I have to say "Art of Logical Thinking" was one of the better books I've read. In fact, it's one of the few books I've read twice. Really nice discussion on opening principles, and very entertaining to read. I give it an 8.
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