Wednesday, September 27, 2006


Pre-Circle Review

I have been busy and had little time for chess recently. One thing I have done is review several of the Waitzkin lectures bundled in my old Chessmaster 8000. Before the "circles", I spent all my training time with that program and Silman's The Amateur's Mind. Not a bad approach, but not strong enough calculation practice (which I still need more of!).

I really enjoyed Waitzkin vs Akopyan and Waitzkin vs Frumkin which is below.

Can Black take the d1 Rook now?

[Event "Open"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1987.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Joshua Waitzkin"]
[Black "Edward A Frumkin"]
[ECO "B45"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "62"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 Nc6 6. Be3 Bb4 7. f3 d5 8.
Bb5 Bd7 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. e5 Ng8 11. a3 Ba5 12. b4 Bc7 13. f4 Ne7 14. Na4
O-O 15. Nc5 a5 16. c3 Nc8 17. O-O Nb6 18. Qg4 Nc4 19. Bf2 Qe8 20. Rfe1 Bc8
21. Bh4 Kh8 22. a4 Bb6 23. Rad1 Bxc5 24. bxc5 Nb2 25. Re3 Nxd1 26. Qxg7+
Kxg7 27. Bf6+ Kg6 28. Rg3+ Kh6 29. Bg7+ Kh5 30. Rg5+ Kh4 31. Nf3# 1-0

I couldn't calculate this exhaustively before the circles and now I can. The White Queen threatens sacrifice on g7 leading to... Kg7 Bf6+ and forced mate with help from the e3 Rook, Knight, and White's back rank pawns. So taking the Rook was a blunder. Kudos to the (then) 10-year old Josh Waitzkin.

It took several minutes to get this one right, but nonetheless I did it :-). Had I continued with the training approach I was in, well... it's doubtful that I would see it completely.

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