Friday, 29 April 2011

Game Analysis #1

Here is a game I played today on ChessCube which I thought was a lot of fun! I sacrificed my bishop to open up his castled King. It turns out that my opponent (Black) could have had a better game had he moved his King as the Chess Engine computed. Luckily for me he didn't! My opponent resigned presumably because I had a forced mate. I ran the position as played through the engine as well and couldn't find any escape for black. I made the sacrifice only based on intuition, I felt as though it was my best chance to win. I was very happy with the result, though had he picked up on the escape, the result may have been very different!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Legal's Mate

Legal's Mate is essentially a trap in the Philidor's Defence. It was first recorded as being played by M. de Kermar and Sire de Legal (1702-1792). Legal played it against Saint Brie in 1750, his game played as the following: 3... Bg4 4. Bc4 g6 5. Nxe5 Bxd1 6. Bxf7+ Ke7 7. Nd5#.

In the main line White needs to be careful or else his Knight will be captured! In the decline line, White still does well gaining a Pawn. White's position is better, with his King in position to castle and a Knight developed. Legal's Mate is a must know for any Chess Player!

Monday, 25 April 2011

Trap in the Vienna Game

This is a trap in the Vienna Game. Black hopes to compromise White's centre control as in the secondary line at 4. Nxe4 d5 5. Bxd5 Qxd5. Luckily for White their is a nice trap that can be played resulting in checkmate if Black isn't careful. Even if the trap doesn't work, White still has a great game. Both White and Black have some control of the centre however Black's King can no longer castle and is somewhat exposed. A great trap to deal with an aggressive opponent, one of my favourites!

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Mortimer Trap in the Ruy Lopez

The Mortimer Trap is one of my favourite traps. It is very easy to learn and since the Ruy Lopez is so common, players have many opportunities to try it out. Watch out for the smothered mate in the alternate line shown here. 

Fool's Mate

Fool's Mate is the shortest possible chess game ending in checkmate. It was mentioned in Arthur Saul's book "Famous Game of Chesse Play, published in 1614. You don't want to be the fool, build a strong foundation with your opening!

Double Check

Maybe the most devastating tactic in chess is the double check. I once heard it referenced as the atomic bomb of chess! Double check is the simultaneous check from two chessmen. The check(s) cannot be blocked; thus the only escape is to move the King.  It occurs when a piece moves checking the King, uncovering another piece which also checks the King. In other words it consists of a check and a discovered check. For your viewing pleasure, I included a png of an internet game I played. Not stellar chess by any means but it certainly demonstrates the power of the double check, even leading to checkmate. Enjoy!